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Chicken Breeds: Use, Eggs/Week, Egg Color

A former member
Post #: 276
Hat/tip eggzy.net.

Breed | Use | Eggs per Week | Egg Color
Ameraucana | Dual Purpose | 4 | Blue/Green
Ancona | Egg Production | 4 | White
Andalusian | Exhibition | 3 | White
Appenzeller | Exhibition | 3 | White
Araucana | Egg Production | 2 | Blue
Aseel | Game | 2 | Tinted
Australorp | Dual Purpose | 5 | Brown
Barnevelder | Dual Purpose | 3 | Dark Brown
Belgian D'Uccle | Exhibition | 2 | White
Black Star | Egg Production | 6 | Brown
Brabanter | Exhibition | 3 | White
Brahma | Dual Purpose | 3 | Brown
Buckeye | Dual Purpose | 3 | Brown
Buttercup | Exhibition | 3 | White
Chantecler | Dual Purpose | 3 | Brown
Cochin | Exhibition | 2 | Tinted
Cream Legbar | Egg Production | 5 | Blue
Delaware | Dual Purpose | 4 | Light Brown
Dominique | Dual Purpose | 3 | Brown
Dorking | Dual Purpose | 3 | White
Easter Egger | Egg Production | 3 | Blue/Green
Faverolles | Dual Purpose | 4 | Tinted
Fayoumi | Egg Production | 4 | Tinted
Golden Comet | Egg Production | 6 | Brown
Hamburg | Egg Production | 4 | White
Houdan | Dual Purpose | 3 | White
Iowa Blue | Dual Purpose | 4 | Light Brown
ISA Brown | Egg Production | 6 | Brown
Japanese | Exhibition | 1 | White
Java | Dual Purpose | 2 | Brown
Jersey Giant | Dual Purpose | 3 | Brown
Lakenvelder | Egg Production | 3 | White
Langshan | Dual Purpose | 3 | Brown
Leghorn | Egg Production | 5 | White
Marans | Dual Purpose | 3 | Dark Brown
Minorca | Egg Production | 4 | White
Moyer's Brown | Egg Production | 6 | Brown
Naked Neck | Dual Purpose | 2 | Light Brown
New Hampshire | Dual Purpose | 4 | Brown
Old English Game | Game | 1 | White
Olive Egger | Egg Production | 4 | Blue/Green
Orpington | Dual Purpose | 3 | Brown
Phoenix | Exhibition | 1 | White
Plymouth Rock | Dual Purpose | 3 | Light Brown
Polish | Exhibition | 2 | White
Production Red | Dual Purpose | 5 | Brown
Pumpkin Hulsey | Game | 4 | Tinted
Red Star | Egg Production | 6 | Brown
Rhode Island Red | Dual Purpose | 5 | Brown
Rosecomb | Exhibition | 1 | White
Sebright | Exhibition | 1 | White
Serama | Exhibition | 3 | Light Brown
Shamo | Game | 1 | Tinted
Silkie | Exhibition | 1 | Tinted
Spanish | Exhibition | 3 | White
Sultan | Exhibition | 1 | White
Sumatra | Exhibition | 1 | White
Sussex | Dual Purpose | 4 | Tinted
Swedish Flower Hen | Dual Purpose | 3 | Tinted
Welsummer | Dual Purpose | 3 | Dark Brown
Wyandotte | Dual Purpose | 3 | Light Brown
Brandi G
user 48566262
Pasadena, CA
Post #: 31
Nice chart Marty, thanks!

I used this info to decide which types of hens to get, along with researching temperament and history of interaction with both people and other chickens. It really helped me decide and seems to really help with the flock harmony. I was careful to pick breeds I though would be compatible with me and my family's needs, as well as the chickens' needs. So far it's worked out well. I'm willing to buy a few eggs to keep a happy balance going. I didn't want an egg production system, I wanted happy birds, happy eggs and a happy baby to gather them.

I think looking at expectations before you add birds to a flock really helps everyone. And it's cool to support people who are trying to make the old breeds readily available again. There's a great thread on raising birds naturally on BYC right now. I have been working on getting through it and the fermented feed one.
A former member
Post #: 277
Nice chart Marty, thanks!
fermente­d feed

Hi Brandi,

eggzy.net's chart is the best I have found so far. It should be under Pages for easy reference, so people know what to expect. It lacks important factors, such as temperament you have mentioned and whether they are good with people, although the latter may have more to do with whether they have been handled from a very young age. It is a good start.

Feed has been mentioned in the past by Laura and Carrie but I think it is all over the place and it will be nice to have a thread just for that, and link to Pages for easy reference.
- For example,"Rose's Recipes for Healthy Hens" video link: Once a week mashed/purée garlic, once week ACV at 1tbsp per 5 gallons of water. If health trouble, leave ACV out and instead, for daily for ten days fill waterer with cultured buttermilk (probiotic, better than yogurt, help with digestive tract) while also giving garlic. Garlic is in addition to feed and buttermilk is instead of water.

In addition to feed recipes and the bugs you are harvesting, another good thread is what to include in a First Aid kit for chickens. Anyway this board can include much more info for happy and healthy hens.
A former member
Post #: 28
I bought my chicks based on heat tolerance, egg production and how noisy they might be (I didn't want to disturb neighbors). I ended up choosing Red Stars and Black Australorp. Overall they are living up to their descriptions, except when laying an egg... They love to announce it especially the australorp who will walk around the yard trumpeting for several minutes ignoring my shushing her. biggrin
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