What Breeds of Chickens Are Known for Their Egg Laying?


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Breeds of chickens known for their egg laying are White Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons and Black Stars. Ameraucana hens are also good layers, and lay eggs in shades of cream, green, blue and blue-green.

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Orpingtons originated in the United Kingdom and came to the United States in 1890. They are known for their large brown eggs and gentle natures. They are also good eating birds and make good mothers and pets.

Rhode Island Reds also produce brown eggs, and a healthy hen can produce about 260 eggs a year. As their name suggests, they originate in Rhode Island and have the genes of such breeds as Brown Leghorns and Cochins.

Black Stars are sex-linked chickens, which means the farmer can tell whether the chick is male or female by its color when it hatches. Black Stars are a cross between a Rhode Island or New Hampshire rooster and a Barred Rock hen, and farmers raise them for their egg laying. They also produce brown eggs. These docile chickens are not broody, and a hen can lay as many as 300 eggs per year.

Ameraucanas derive from the Araucana chickens of South America. They are known for their multicolored eggs and the ruffs of feathers around their ears.

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