Best Chicken Breeds For Eggs


There’s almost nothin’ like collecting a basket full of fresh eggs, right from the nest box. If you are interested in keeping chickens for eggs, you might want to consider which chicken breeds are the best layers. In this article, I have put together a compilation of some of the top layer breeds. Below, I have included the best brown, blue/green as well as white egg laying breeds!

Note: As with all chickens, they are most productive when given good nutrition. Chickens fed layer ration pellets generally lay more as well because ration feeds are designed to meet laying hens’ nutritional needs.

Best Chicken Breeds for Eggs


Above: Abbey, a black Australorp hen


These big girls, are docile, friendly, dual purpose Chickens that lay big, light brown eggs. Australorps lay 250-300 eggs in a single year. One Australorp hen set a world record for laying 364 eggs in 365 day period… (Read more)


Above: Leghorn Chickens (Cockerels)


The Leghorn (pronounced leg-ern) is the standard breed of chicken that most commercial egg farmers keep. That is because of their amazing ability to lay large quantities of white eggs. Leghorns lay 150-300+ eggs annually (for the first few laying years)… (Read more)


Above: A Partridge Easter Egger Hen

Easter Eggers

Easter Eggers are often slim-built, friendly, hybrid chickens that are created by breeding a blue or green egg-laying breed with… pretty much any other chicken. Although Easter Eggers are not recognized by the APA (American Poultry Association), they are very popular among backyard poultry keepers. Since Easter Eggers are hybrids, they are not always the same. Some Easter Eggers lay white, tinted pink/brown or cream colored eggs. Generally speaking, Easter Eggers lay ~ 200-300 eggs per year (for the first few years)... (Read more)


Above: Cookie, a Barred Plymouth Hen

Plymouth Rocks:

These beautiful chickens have quite a reputation as avid nest-makers and prolific egg-layers. The breed got its name from the Plymouth Rock monument (because of their original color). However, many other color variations have been made since. Barred Rocks lay ~250 light brown eggs per year… (Read more)


Above: Esther, a broody Rhode Island Red

Rhode Island Reds:

These hardy, dual purpose chickens are great egg layers. However, they are a popular dual purpose breed as well. Rhode Island Reds lay ~200-300 eggs per year (for the first few laying years)… (Read more)


Above: Gold Sex-Link Hen

Gold/Red/Black Sex-Links (Production Hybrids):

Since Sex link hybrids are not a real breed. Like Easter Eggers, they are not recognized by the APA (American Poultry Association). However, they have become very popular… and for good reason. Not only are they are they very hardy and come in a beautiful array of colors, Sex-Link hybrids are exceptional layers. Sex-Links lay ~250-300+ eggs per year (for the first few laying years). However, they generally (usually depending on which exact breeds where used in the cross) tolerate confinement poorly and do best with lots of room. Sex Link hybrids are known by several different names (including, Gold/Black Sex-Links, Golden Comets, Red Buffs, Gold/Black Stars and Cinnamon Queens)… (Read more)


Above: Ancona hens and rooster. Image by Back-Yard Farmer


Anconas are hardy chickens. They are also good foragers, which means they do well free range and/or with plenty to do. Anconas lay ~200-240 eggs per year (for the first few years).


Above: Light Sussex Flock (Rooster in front)


Sussexes are very hardy, adaptable layers. They also tend to be mellow and docile (like Orpingtons). This breed originated from the same stock as the Dorking chicken breed and is thus similar in many ways. Sussex hens lay ~250 eggs per year.


Above: Silver-Laced Wyandotte hen


Wyandotte are beautiful, ornamental layers. They are also generally friendly, making them a great Family Friendly breed. Wyandotte come in a large variety of colors. Some such colors are: Golden-laced, Silver-laced, Black, White, Red, Blue-laced red, Buff and Blue. However, there are so many more colors! Wyandotte hens lay ~200 light brown/tinted eggs annually (for the first few laying years)… (Read more)

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