First Eggs

Finally after 29 weeks my March chicks started laying. Usually my birds reach their point of lay at about 18 weeks, this year was far from the usual. I blame the delay on weather, this year Phoenix experienced brutal heat. Most of July and August hit 110, with a few days reaching 118. Although my ladies have a mist system and a fan, this kind of weather takes it’s toll.
Cooler weather has arrived, that means happy birds… and that’s what fills the egg basket.

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Which Chicken Breed Provides Your Store Bought Eggs?

About the Commercial Shelf Eggs You Buy

White Eggs

Commercial egg-laying stock is produced by crossing two or more White Leghorn lines that have been selected for high egg production. White Leghorn pullets are the industry standard white egg layers that produce all of the eggs for the grocery stores worldwide. They will start laying at 20 weeks old and lay about 300 eggs annually. Hens average weight is 4.5 pounds.

These birds are a nice choice for the backyard poultry keeper, they can be purchased online and shipped from Murray McMurray Hatchery to your local post office. You can also keep an eye out for them at local feed stores.

Note: I personally don’t consider the Leghorn heat tolerant, if you live in a climate that reaches 105+ their survival rate in my opinion is poor.

What About the Brown Eggs?

The brown eggs are usually crosses on commercial lines developed from two different breeds and varieties, such as the Rhode Island Red, Barred Plymouth Rock, or New Hampshire Red.