Brown egg layers

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  1. LilElk

    LilElk Well-Known Member

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    Folks around here equate brown with country eggs, and do not complain as loud about paying fair price. What is the most prolific large brown egg layer (yes they want large or jumbo) I don't expect Leghorn production but would like to get as close as I can. I have 3 11X12 pens plus a 5X18 brooding area and am thinking of selling more eggs. Thank you for any help you give. I have been on net looking and different sight give opposite info on same breed. Not looking for dual purpose I already have that.
     
  2. Elsbet

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    I've always had good luck with barred rocks for extra large-jumbo brown eggs. My black langshan lays the largest brown eggs in my flock right now. (My araucana lays HUGE eggs, too. I swear Cari thinks she's part ostrich.)
    Have you considered mixed color eggs for sale? Brown eggs do "say" country, but a "mongrel assortment" always puts me even more in mind of a home-raised country flock. There's nothing prettier than a carton of eggs ranging in colors from white to brown, to VERY BROWN, to green and blue. My langshan's eggs, technically brown, have an almost violet tinge to them, too. Putting one or two white eggs in an assortment really picks up the colors of the other eggs. Assortments like that tend to sell fast and people don't seem to say anything about the price. I just sold a dozen eggs to my landlord yesterday, opened the box to show him what I had, and his eyes just lit up. Big eggs in many colors, lots of fun. :)
     

  3. LilElk

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    Do Barred Rocks have that much larger eggs than Dominque? The eggs I bought to hatch mine were in the top end of med. to lower end large. What is your ave eggs from the Barred Rocks over a years time? 4/wk 5/wk? Like Mongrel idea thanks
     
  4. ladycat

    ladycat Chicken Mafioso Staff Member

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    Red Sex links lay as well as leghorns, and they're small enough to be efficient feed converters.
     
  5. KSALguy

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    Yes. Red or Black sexlinks are a good if not the best choice for lots of cost efficient good sized brown eggs.
     
  6. LilElk

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    I thought of the sex links, but I would be increasing flock through the eggs and incubator and understand they do not breed true. Is that wrong?
     
  7. KSALguy

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    No sexlinks don't breed true in that the sexlink color trait won't follow but if you put a good eggy rooster over them you will still get good layers just not the same color. If your main goal is just eggs I would consider a flock of sexlink hens and eather a white leghorn rooster from good production lines.
     
  8. LilElk

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    At present my rooster is a Buff Oprington I like how protective he is of both the Pullets I have and the 17, four week old Dominque from the incubator, would he be exceptable or would the offspring be more dual purpose? I was looking at the Red Leghorn in the McMurray catalog it says the eggs are "tinted white". Does anyone know anything about these bird and their eggs?
     
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    Buff O would be ok. Going to be more dual though. The cross pullets will still lay eggs just not as well as a more eggy type but still good.
     
  10. olivehill

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    ISA Browns. Hands down. A good strain of ISAs (I recommend Townline Hatchery's) will meet or exceed your leghorn production and it'll be in big, brown, consistent, uniform eggs.

    If you want a "heritage" breed Black Australorps will be your best bet for production and egg size.
     
  11. Elsbet

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    I've never really kept records on my hens, so I can't give you stats as to how well they lay. I am most impressed with the barred rocks, though- I don't currently have any, (am looking for some, though) but they've always traditionally been the best layers in our flocks.
     
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    I have to agree with Black Australorps, excellent layers, calm gentle birds, and they just lay non stop- winter and summer. I have 15 different breeds, all kept in seperate coops and run about 20 hens per breed. The Australorps out lay all of the other breeds. I just love them:)
     
  13. A.T. Hagan

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    ISA Browns when well managed and properly fed will outlay any other brown egg layer going and will give even good Leghorns a run for their money.
     
  14. LoneStrChic23

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    Before my hens started laying I was buying eggs from a friend. She has red sexlinks & the eggs I bought from her were the biggest eggs I've ever seen!

    I have a mixed group of birds......someone in there has stared laying large brown eggs, but since everyone is mixed together, I have no idea who it is.
     
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    i have raised ISa browns from TOwnline hatchery as well and they were the most fantastic brown egg layer i have ever had! and were pretty close to the white leghorn as I have found one
     
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    Without a doubt I'd go for Red Sexlinks.
     
  17. LilElk

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    Do Isa Brown breed true, litt. says they are a cross not yet reconized as a breed? Has anyone tried incubating eggs to increase their flock? Delinda do you sell eggs? If you do give me a pm you maybe close enough to drive to when I visit home in east TN
     
  18. A.T. Hagan

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    No, ISA Browns are a red sex-link hybrid so they will not breed true.

    You can breed them and get great egg layers, but the second generation will not be sex-linked.
     
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    Barred rocks, production reds, and sex links. I have a few of all three breeds still laying regular after 5 and 6 years. Just recently lost and old BR hen, still laid a couple times a week, was 11 years old.
     
  20. LilElk

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    Thank you everyone. I think I will try Black Astrolorps in my second pen if I can find eggs close enough to drive and pickup I live near Cookeville TN (35mi) anyone near? give me a pm