Selecting the right breed of chicken to produce the type, style, and quantity of eggs that you’re looking for can be a bit of an adventure! Whether you’re new to the joys of harvesting eggs or are a pro looking to explore new options, there’s always something new you can learn or try on your own.
While there are 3 common types of chicken (pure breeds, hybrids, and bantams), I’m going to share from my opinion some of the best breeds based on my experience. For many of these, they’re not only good egg producers they’re also super friendly!
Pick for production. Choose for egg color and size. Perhaps a hybrid breeze that is a capable egg producer as well as meat birds.
Top Egg Layer Chicken Breeds:
Australorpes - great layers. A larger breed, it’s actually available in 5 colors, though black is by far the most common.
sussex - When I think of the prototypical egg laying chicken, one of the variety of sussex are what come to mind. Large in size and lay a light brown egg. Ours are super friendly too. Speckle Sussex are the most common.
marins (dark brown egg)
Rhode Island Reds