For many small farm owners, having a steady supply of eggs is one of the top reasons for owning a flock of backyard chickens. We want to highlight three of our top-producing layer breeds for you to consider adding to your flock.
One of the highest producing layer breeds that we currently raise at Meyer Hatchery is the Golden Buff. This golden red hybrid breed has a very calm, easy-going personality which makes it great for families with small children, and can lay up to 260 eggs per year. The Golden Buff does well in cold and hot climates, doesn’t require as much feed as some other egg-laying breeds, begins laying around 4 months typically, and lays wonderful extra-large brown eggs.
The White Leghorn is another top egg producer that we work with at Meyer Hatchery. This snow white beauty boasts an impressive 300 eggs per year laying rate. The large, white eggs the White Leghorns lay add a pop of clean color to your egg basket. The White Leghorn likes to free-range, would prefer not to be a “lap chicken” and is really good at foraging for her meals. She does well in hot and cold climates, but in extreme cold, her large single comb may be subject to frostbite, so make sure you protect the combs with petroleum jelly.
Our next egg-laying champion is the Rhode Island Red. She can lay around 200-250 eggs per year and her eggs are a nice, large size and medium brown in color. The Rhode Island Red hen can sometimes become the henhouse bully if kept enclosed in overcrowded conditions, so it’s best if she can be allowed free-range or has a large run for exercise and activity. She has a calm personality, but because she can sometimes be a little dominant, she is a great choice for families with older children or adults who are the primary egg-gatherers.
We hope that you will consider adding some of our star egg-producers to your backyard flock this summer!