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What do The Best Egg Layers provide you? A ton of eggs? Large eggs? Thick healthy shells? I’ve made lists of chickens that lay 300 eggs, brown eggs, colored eggs, and more!

Before we get started with the list of Best Egg Layers, I’m going to tell you a little bit about the chicken varieties I’ve experienced!

My personal favorite egg layers are currently my Red Sexlinks.

The Red Sexlinks, are amazing egg layers. They lay anywhere from 200-240 eggs per year. Red Sexlinks lay large brown eggs, and the shells are always very strong. Here’s a picture of one of the Redsexlink hens. Isn’t she beautiful?

These hens are a little more aggressive and more dominant than other hens I’ve experienced. The rooster is a little on the aggressive side also. Although, easy to teach not to spur, and is an EXCELLENT rooster! Did I mention how beautiful he is??

I also own a mix between Orpingtons and Rhode Island Reds. The OP/RI mix lay a creamy pink colored egg, and the shell is not so strong. They lay between 200-250 eggs per year.

These hens are extra sweet unless they are broody. The roosters are very sweet and I’ve never had a problem turning my back to them. I’ve never been spurred by one of these roosters.

Last year I bought a couple of Silver Laced Wyandottes from TSC, but they turned out to be Barred Rocks instead. The hens seem to be good layers and are very sweet.

I don’t have any of the roosters. I also have an Easter Egger rooster who is sooo sweet and my favorite. The fact that he is gorgeous helps out a lot… Here’s a picture of him, don’t you just love him!?

What are The Best Egg Layers?

That’s going to depend on what you actually want from your layers. Some people want a lot of eggs. some may want colored eggs, jumbo eggs, or even just some pretty brown eggs.

I’ve made lists of different categories, so you can find the right and The Best Egg Layers to add to your flock!

I included any extra information that I could find on the breed/varieties to help you choose the perfect breed. Such as temperament, when the hens start laying, etc…

Information is approximate. If any of this information looks completely wrong please leave a comment! I will change it if I get enough comments about one breed. Thank you!

300 Eggs a Year

Some might argue that the Best Egg Layers lay the most eggs! These chickens can lay up to 300 eggs a year

  • Isa Brown – 300 large, brown eggs per year, friendly quiet, begin laying around 20-22 wks, primary use eggs
  • Golden Comet (aka Cinnamon Queen) – 250-300 brown eggs a year, tame and friendly. start laying around 16 wks, primary use eggs
  • Lohmann Brown – 300 JUMBO, brown eggs per year low feed consumption, docile and friendly. start laying around 18 weeks
  • Leghorn – 280 large, white eggs per year, nervous, flighty, but active forager, primary use eggs, hens don’t get broody, start laying 16-17 wks

250 Eggs a Year

These chickens can lay up to or more than 250 eggs a year.

  • Australorp – 250 large, brown eggs per year, gentle, docile, hardy temperament, start laying around 22-24 wks. dual purpose
  • Sussex – 180-250 large, brown/cream/tan eggs per year, alert, docile, dual-purpose
  • Rhode Island Red – 150 – 260 large to jumbo, brown eggs per year, tough but friendly. Good for beginners. Begin laying around 18-24 wks
  • Barred Plymouth Rock – 200-280 medium to large, brown eggs per year, calm. start laying 18-21 wks, dual-purpose
  • Leghorn – 280 large, white eggs per year, nervous, flighty, but active forager, primary use eggs, hens don’t get broody, start laying 16-17 wks
  • Sussex – 180-250 large, brown/cream/tan eggs per year, alert, docile, dual-purpose
  • Ameraucana/Easter Egger/Olive Egger – 150- 250 large, blue, green, or creamy pink eggs per year. Start laying around 25-30 wks
  • La Bresse – 160-180 eggs per year, The world’s most expensive chicken? Apparently the best tasting bird in the world?? Hmm…
  • Red Sexlink – 150 – 260 brown, eggs per year, large to jumbo size eggs per year, tough but friendly. Good for beginners. Start laying around 18-24 wks, dual-purpose
  • Welsummer – 160-180 large, dark brown eggs per year, friendly intelligent, start laying around 26 wks, primary use ornamental
    New Hampshire Red – 200-280, large, brown per year competitive, aggressive start laying around 18/21 wks
  • Ameraucana – 250 blue eggs per year, broody, start laying around 26 wks

The Best Egg Layers for Beginners!

  • Rhode Island Red – RIR are easy to care for, lay pretty consistently, and are friendly. 150 – 260 large to jumbo brown eggs per year, tough but friendly. Start laying around 18-24 wks
  • Buff Orpington – They are usually very tame, and great egg producers. 175-200 large, light brown eggs per year, very tame breed. 19-24 wks, calm, dual-purpose
  • Red Sexlinks – Can be aggressive, but they are good egg layers, even laying through the winter. 150 – 260 brown, large to jumbo size eggs per year, tough but friendly. Good for beginners. Start laying around 18-24 wks, dual-purpose
  • Barred Plymouth Rock – Are very friendly and great egg layers! 200-280 medium to large brown eggs per year, calm. Start laying 18-21 wks,, dual-purpose

Jumbo Eggs – Best Egg Layers that Lay Jumbo Eggs

  • Lohmann Brown – 300 JUMBO brown eggs per year, low feed consumption, docile and friendly. start laying around 18 weeks
  • Rhode Island Red – 150-260 large to jumbo brown eggs per year, tough but friendly. Good for beginners. Start laying around 18-24 wks
  • Leghorn – 280 large white eggs per year, nervous, flighty, but active forager, primary use eggs, hens don’t get broody, start laying 16-17 wks
  • Delaware – 280, large brown eggs per year, calm, primarily used for meat
  • Jersey Giant – 260 large brown eggs per year, calm, docile, primary use meat
  • Minorca – 120 large white eggs per year, noisy, flighty, primary use ornamental
  • Welsummer – 160-180 large, dark brown eggs per year, friendly intelligent, start laying around 26 wks, primary use ornamental

Ever so Popular…Brown Eggs

Here’s to the girl that lay those coveted brown eggs! Everybody and their mother seem to want those brown eggs! My Red Sexlinks lay the most beautiful big brown eggs.

  • Red Sexlinks – 150 – 260 brown, large to jumbo size eggs per year, tough but friendly. Good for beginners. Start laying around 18-24 wks, dual-purpose
  • Golden Comet (aka Cinnamon Queen) – 250-300, brown eggs per year, tame and friendly. Start laying around 16 wks, primary use eggs
  • Barnevelder – 180 large, light brown eggs per year, friendly, active, quiet, lively, dual-purpose
  • Brahma – 150 large, brown eggs per year, calm, primary use meat
  • Buckeye – 200 medium, brown eggs per year, forager, dual-purpose
  • Chantecler – 200 large, brown eggs per year, gentle, dual-purpose
  • Java – 150 large brown eggs per year, hardy, docile, dual-purpose
  • Marans – 150 large, dark brown eggs per year, quiet, docile, dual-purpose
  • Penedesenca – 150 medium, dark brown eggs per year active
  • Russian Orloff – 104 medium, light brown eggs per year, calm, primary use meat
  • Wyandotte – 175-200 large, brown or tan eggs per year, calm, docile, dual-purpose
  • Welsummer – 160-180 large, dark brown eggs per year, friendly intelligent, start laying around 26 wks, primary use ornamental
  • New Hampshire Red – 200-280 large, brown eggs per year, competitive, aggressive start laying around 18/21wks

Colored Egg Layers

If you’re looking to have some colorful egg layers, these are the girls who lay either blue or green eggs.

  • Whiting True Blue – blue eggs, active friendly
  • Isbar – 200 large, green eggs per year, calm
  • Olive Egger – 150-200 large, olive green eggs per year, temperament varies, dual-purpose
  • Ameraucana – 250 blue eggs per year, broody, start laying around 26 wks
  • Easter Egger – Hens will only lay one color throughout their life, but it can be either blue, brown, or a combination of the two. 200-280 medium to large eggs per year, calm, friendly
  • Araucana – blue(ish) medium eggs, friendly, flighty, dual-purpose
  • Cream Legbars – 180 blue/olive/green medium eggs per year, foragers

Chickens That Lay Through the Winter

I couldn’t find much information about “winter layers” or chicken that continue to lay when the weather is colder, and the days are shorter. I know my Red Sexlinks lay well in the winter here (Florida) and I found a couple of other places that said they were good winter layers also.

  • Red Sexlink – RIR/Delaware Hen MIx 200-240 large brown eggs, aggressive

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