The rate of production can also be generalized by breed. Some breeds are known for being prolific egg layers, producing 4 or more eggs per week, (Plymouth Rocks, Wyandottes, Hamburgs) while others lay less frequently (eg: Silkies and Seabrights). If a family of eight relies upon the eggs collected from the backyard flock, Silkies are likely not the right choice. My Silkie didn't start laying eggs until she was 14 months old and averages five eggs per month. (she's an extreme example, however)
|Monica, a Black Cochin Frizzle, is a breed known for being broody.|
The Breed I Need
After the five primary considerations are taken into account, the selection process is fun and easy. When I chose my first dozen girls, I used the Breed Selector Tool at My Pet Chicken. Answering a few questions produces a photo gallery and detailed description of the breeds that fit those specifications. It doesn't get any easier than that!
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