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#89167 - 05/03/10 07:48 PM Top Ten Best Brown Egg Layers
Rooster Dude Offline
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I want to have a large flock (50-100) of brown egg layers and wondered if anyone knew what would be the top ten best brown egg layers of large eggs?

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#89170 - 05/03/10 08:14 PM Re: Top Ten Best Brown Egg Layers [Re: Rooster Dude]
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I would think the black Sex Links would be among the top ten. A friend of mine raises them (or used to), and they lay extra large brown eggs.

There's also the Braggs Mountain Buffs that are supposed to lay extra large/jumbo brown eggs. The only drawback is they are only sold as straight run.
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#89173 - 05/03/10 08:55 PM Re: Top Ten Best Brown Egg Layers [Re: Rhea Dean Carter]
Rooster Dude Offline
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Thanks. I recently ordered some red Sex Links after a friend had them, but mine haven't started laying yet.






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#89178 - 05/04/10 07:58 PM Re: Top Ten Best Brown Egg Layers [Re: Rooster Dude]
Rooster Dude Offline
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If their is any other breeds that you have or know that lay good brown eggs, please tell me.

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#89183 - 05/04/10 10:28 PM Re: Top Ten Best Brown Egg Layers [Re: Rooster Dude]
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Barnevelders lay beautiful dark brown eggs, which are big for them, but in the medium range size wise.

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#89186 - 05/05/10 02:51 AM Re: Top Ten Best Brown Egg Layers [Re: Foehn]
Hen-Gen Offline
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The three breeds that customarily lay very dark eggs are French Marans, Welsummers, and Penedesencas. Excellent layers of not so dark eggs are Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Rocks, and Australorps.
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#89214 - 05/06/10 06:25 PM Re: Top Ten Best Brown Egg Layers [Re: Hen-Gen]
Rooster Dude Offline
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Thanks. Are New Hampshires a good laying breed?

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#89301 - 05/12/10 07:36 PM Re: Top Ten Best Brown Egg Layers [Re: Rooster Dude]
Rooster Dude Offline
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What are some other breeds, please?

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#89307 - 05/13/10 03:11 AM Re: Top Ten Best Brown Egg Layers [Re: Rooster Dude]
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New Hampshires are good. Delawares, Jersey Giants, and some strains of Orpingtons are also good. Beyond the breeds mentioned on this thread, I'd say that any remaining brown egg breeds are poor layers. Most brown eggers are breeds that tend toward broodiness, especially as they get older, so seldom equal the Mediterranean white eggers in productivity. Most of these, i.e. Leghorns, Minorcas, Anconas, etc., rarely go broody.

One should never discount the modern hybrid varieties that have been bred for maximum yield and so usually out perform pure breeds (as Rhea Dean said). My best ever layers were a batch of Jersey Giants X Light Sussex.
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#89310 - 05/13/10 08:39 AM Re: Top Ten Best Brown Egg Layers [Re: Hen-Gen]
Bushman Offline
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In the U.S. there is a special strain called Braggs Mountain Buffs that lay jumbo sized brown eggs.
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