Top 6 Best Egg Laying Chickens
The top best egg laying chickens can produce up to 300 eggs per year!
The Best Egg Laying Chickens can produce an egg a day for months on end. Providing up to 300 eggs a year, averaging 5-6 a week! Here are some of those super stars:
ISA Brown- Currently one of the Best Egg Laying Chickens, The ISA Brown is the newest breed on this list. They are bred specifically to be prolific layers and do not disappoint. With a young laying age, starting at about 16 weeks this bird can yield up to 300 eggs a year. Absolutely a best egg laying chicken. They lay large to jumbo sized brown eggs. In our experience, they are friendly if hatched or raised from chick. If obtained as an adult, they are all business. Take the eggs and leave.
White Leghorn- Leghorns are my absolute favorite top egg producer. They lay jumbo gorgeous snow white eggs about 280-300 a year. They are great winter layers, just be sure to watch their combs for frostbite. They can be flighty, but if raised from chicks and socialized they have been known to squat and let you pet them. Leghorns are a light breed and so they eat very little for the amount of eggs they provide.
Rhode Island Red- Another of the best egg laying chicken breeds is the Rhode Island Red. They are a very common heritage breed bird that is also dual purpose meat and eggs. They lay about 250-280 eggs a year and are a pretty deep red color. There is a lot of debate about the RIR and it’s personality. I have personally never experienced a friendly RIR, others have. It is said that hatchery (or purchased from a feed store) RIR’s tend to be more nasty.
Golden Comet- Such a sweet, docile bird, these golden comets will lay like crazy. About 250-280 eggs a year is absolutely just an estimate. We had one that laid every single day right through winter. She probably laid 300+ eggs that year. If you like Buff Orpingtons for their friendly nature, you would love the golden comet.
New Hampshire Red- The New Hampshire red is like the RIR, in it’s egg laying ability and similar appearance, however seem to be more friendly.
Barred Rocks- Barred rocks are very popular heritage breed and also dual purpose meat & egg bird. They lay about 200-250 eggs a year and can be great winter layers. They are very cold hardy and are known for their gorgeous black and white barred pattern.
So if you are looking for amazing egg layers, keep these breeds in mind. The best part- they are common and usually what you can find at most feed stores.