Find out which chicken breeds are best for laying eggs.
If you’re thinking about raising backyard chickens, you have to know which breeds will suit your needs. If egg production is your goal, you need to know that some breeds are better than others. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn which chickens are best for egg production. We break down the breeds by rating their egg production by excellent, very good, good, fair and poor.
Excellent Egg Production
Black Australorp – These birds are perfect for winter egg laying. They’re bred for egg production, but also make excellent meatbirds.
Cinnamon Queen – Cinnamon Queens lay brown eggs that are large/extra large in size. These hybrid birds lay eggs at a younger age, providing you with faster egg production than other standard breeds.
Easter Egger – Easter Eggers produce eggs that vary in egg shell color, ranging from a light blue to green to pink.
Rhode Island Red – Rhode Island Reds are great dual-purpose birds, that can be used for egg or meat production. They lay brown eggs and are hardy birds.
White Leghorn – These free ranging chickens are excellent egg layers–they average 280 eggs per year, and sometimes even lay up to 320 eggs.
Very Good Egg Production
Barred Rock – The Barred Rock is a kid-friendly bird that’s a staple in backyard poultry production. They lay in the winter and summer, producing brown eggs.
Black Sex Link – A Black Sex Link is hybrid bird, crossbred from a Rhode Island Red rooster a Barred Rock hen. While they’re not show chickens, these hardy birds have very good brown egg production.
Buff Orpington – These large chickens lay medium-sized brown eggs. They’re excellent egg setters and mothers for baby chicks.
White Rock – White Rocks start laying eggs at about five months old. They lay large to extra large brown eggs, and are hardy even in cold weather.
Good Egg Production
Austra White – These birds come from crossbreeding a Black Australorp rooster and a White Leghorn hen. Austra Whites lay off-white/cream-colored eggs throughout the whole year.
Light Brahma – These beautiful birds are good layers of brown eggs. They’re also kid-friendly and great brood mothers.
Red Sex Link – A Red Sex Link is a crossbreed of a Rhode Island Red rooster and Delaware hen. The breed combination makes for good egg production from a backyard chicken.
Silver Laced Wyandotte – The dual-purpose birds lay tan or pale brown eggs, and are popular show birds. They also make excellent mothers.
Speckled Sussex – These speckled birds blend in with their surroundings, making them safer against chicken coop predators. They’re good layers of brown eggs.
Fair Egg Production
Black Cochin – Black Cochin are rated fair as far as laying eggs, but they make excellent pets and show chickens.
Buff Laced Polish – These striking birds are known for their rich, buff colored feathers and feathery beard. They lay white eggs, but are generally used for ornamental purposes.
Lakenvelder – Lakenvelder hens lay white eggs and are non-setters.
Silver Laced Polish – Their main use is as an ornamental bird. They’re non-setters and lay white eggs.
White Silkie Bantam – These small chickens are popular show birds, and make great pets.
Poor Egg Production
Cornish Cross – Cornish cross are raised as meatbirds. Because of their expedited growth rate, they have to be harvested at 8 weeks. If they’re not harvested, they can suffer from a plethora of health issues.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can start your own flock by ordering birds during Chick Days. There are over 190 varieties of birds available, including chickens, bantams, geese, turkeys, ducks, game birds and more. For a complete look at the different birds available, visit our poultry guide. You can also learn more about raising your flock by visiting our Hobby Farming blog.