Types of Chickens
and Egg Laying Chickens

Types of chickens range from over 100 different kinds. The Rhode Island Red Chickens and Leghorn Chickens are some of the best egg layers.

Good egg laying chickens can produce anywhere from 250 to 300 eggs per year depending on the breed and the environmental circumstances.

The Leghorn chickens are a breed that doesn't really exhibit broodiness and can be depended on for non-stop egg laying. The Rhode Island Red chickens can lay eggs right through winter with the right conditions.

Leghorn Chickens

Leghorn chickens is a breed that comes from or originates in Italy. These chickens are known as excellent egg layers.

Leghorn chickens lay white eggs and can lay about 250 to 300 eggs per year per chicken. The white leghorns are the most common chickens used for commercial egg production.

These birds are somewhat flighty or nervous in nature and are considered very active birds. They are also somewhat small in size with hens typically weighing in at 4 1/2 lbs.

They are a somewhat noisy chicken! 

There are many types of leghorns. Although, the white leghorn is probably the most common type to find these days.

Rhode Island Red Chickens

Rhode Island Red chickens are an American breed of chicken. This breed is raised for both meat and eggs.

They are excellent egg layers and can lay 250 eggs per year. These chickens lay light to dark brown eggs.

They seem to be the most popular choice for backyard chickens because they are more resistant to illness and are a bit on the hardy side with hens typically weighing in at 6.5 lbs.

Rhode Island Red chickens are good natured chickens and can make good pets. Although, they can get aggressive when being annoyed, but are generally considered docile and friendly birds.

They are usually a rust color, but can also come in darker shades closer to black.

Barred Rock Chickens

Barred Rock chickens are another American breed of chicken. These chickens are raised for meat as well as eggs.

Barred Rock chickens are excellent layers of large brown eggs. They lay approximately 200 to 250 eggs per year.

Barred rocks are a mellow breed of chicken and are considered a rather docile type of bird. This makes them an ideal backyard chicken for a city or sub-division.

They are somewhat heavy birds and adult hens can weigh as much as 7 to 8 lbs. This is a hardy breed and is able to adapt quickly to their environment.

These chickens are friendly and are for the most part a quiet chicken. They can withstand cold weather and are long lived birds.

This breed does have a tendency to become broody which will make them good mothers. They have an unusual coloring which is called dimorphism. 

Best Egg Laying Chickens for Your Backyard

My favorite egg laying backyard chicken so far was the Ameraucana or Easter Egg chicken.  I liked its personality way better than my white leghorn.

However, the white leghorn was an egg producing machine - even during the winter.  If you have a big backyard and your neighbors won't mind - the bossy leghorn would probably be okay.

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