The number one question we always get is, "What breeds lay the most eggs?" Most people want backyard chickens so they can get farm fresh eggs at home! Well, today we're here to tell you all about breeds that are great layers!
A lot of beginners don't know that breed is the main factor when it comes to how many eggs your chickens will lay. Some breeds don't lay many eggs at all, and other breeds can lay up to 280 eggs per year or more! Choosing the right breed for you and your needs is crucial, especially if you're wanting fresh eggs year-round.
Top Laying Breeds
1. Rhode Island Red
Rhode Island Reds are one of the most popular chicken breeds. They lay about 250 brown, medium-sized eggs per year. They are known for being friendly and easy going. They love to move around and have free range!
Leghorns lay about 250 white, medium-sized eggs per year. They are known for being very calm and they love free range. They tend to be shy.
Sussex chickens lay around 250 large, brown/light brown eggs per year. They are confident, friendly and docile. This breed is very curious and they love to follow you around!
4. Plymouth Rock
Plymouth Rock chickens lay 200-300 medium, light brown eggs per year. They have beautiful grey and white striped feathers. They are sweet, calm and docile. This breed loves to explore! They are also very easy to tame.
This breed lays around 200 small, white eggs per year. They look like Plymouth Rock chickens, but they are much smaller, which is why they lay smaller eggs. They can be skittish.
These chickens lay around 200 small to medium light, speckled-brown eggs per year. They love free range and they are active and friendly, but they can be quiet with sassy personalities. Overall, they are very low maintenance chickens!
Hamburgs lay around 200 medium, white eggs per year. They are beautiful with white and black spotted feathers. They love to roam around, however, they can be aggressive in small spaces. They are known for being very happy and they love to play!
Marans lay around 200 medium, dark brown eggs per year. They are very gentle and not easily tamed. They look similar to the Plymouth Rock chicken and are mostly dark grey with white stripes.
9. Buff Orpington
Everyone loves a Buff Orpington! These chickens lay around 180-200 light brown, medium eggs per year. They are one of the most beautiful chicken breeds and they are easily trained and very social!
10. Easter Eggers
Easter Eggers lay about 250 greenish-blue, medium to large eggs per year. They are very friendly birds, but they can be quite nervous.
Hopefully this guide helped you find the perfect, egg-laying breed for your backyard flock! Check back next week for our next blog post!