The Backyard Flock–The White Egg Layers

While there are many different colored eggs that chickens lay, including sky blue and pinkish, the most common are white or brown.

No matter the color, they all taste the same. Scrumptious!

White egg layers…and why I don’t keep them.

Leghorns: While each happy, healthy hen will lay over 200 eggs per year. That’s a lot of eggs! These are the typical grocery store eggs. However, take into consideration they can be flighty. Make sure you keep that in mind when you build your chicken run. Or, if the thought of a nutty, flying chicken scares the S*&% out of you.

Ancona: Each happy, healthy hen will provide around 180 eggs per year, a sizable quantity. As they are a bit…hm…boisterous, I wouldn’t recommend them to a beginner.

Minorca: These chickens have a beautiful profile and each hen will give you about 200 eggs per year. However, they are another rowdy breed best left to the more experienced keeper. Another consideration, some have large combs that could easily suffer frost bite in colder climates.

While the concept of 400 eggs per year from just two birds seems nice, the beginner may prefer a brown egg layer. It is generally agreed that overall the brown egg layers are easier and nicer to handle. A more enjoyable experience.

I’ll be back in a bit with more on the brown laying,dual purpose, meat and egg breeds that might be appropriate for a first flock.

Other Backyard Flock articles:

Chicks Checklist

The Beginner’s Flock

Coop Considerations

The Egg Challenge: Store Bought Vs. The Backyard Flock

Contemplating a Backyard Flock

Choosing a breed


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