paul wheaton wrote:Continuing discussion from another thread:
What do I think is the best egg laying breed?
Well, I have this idea to get a bunch of "best" layer breeds, have them mix it up for a couple of years, and then try to come up with my own optimal breed for feed-to-egg ratio given a forage situation.
So I would start with:
pearl leghorns: they lay white eggs, but they are just egg laying machines!
red star and black star: the standard layer for brown eggs
australorp: the record holder for most eggs in one year
Braggs mountain buff: this guy raised his own breed where he did a simple and amazing thing. As he collected eggs, he would put the largest eggs in the incubator. He did this for years and years. And now he has a breed that lays lots of freaky big eggs!
Rhode island red: a heavier breed well known to be moderately productive.