Can’t decide which breeds to choose for your Spring flock?Of all the breeds that have been on our farm, these 10 were by far the best egg layers.
Leghorn: These chickens are the most popular breed for commercial egg production, known for their high egg-laying rates and large, white eggs. Rhode Island Red: These birds are popular for backyard flocks due to their good temperament and consistent production of large, brown eggs. Easter Egger: This is not an actual breed but rather a type of chicken that can lay eggs in a variety of colors, including blue, green, and pink. They are popular for backyard flocks due to their egg color and good egg production. Plymouth Rock: These birds are also dual-purpose and known for their brown eggs, good meat quality, and calm temperament. Australorp: This breed is known for its docile temperament and excellent egg production, laying large, brown eggs. Orpington: These birds are known for their calm demeanor and are popular for backyard flocks due to their good egg production and meat quality. Wyandotte: These birds are known for their hardiness and consistent egg production, laying medium-sized, brown eggs. Marans: This breed is known for its dark brown eggs, which are highly prized by many egg enthusiasts. Sussex:These are dual-purpose birds, meaning they can be raised for both meat and eggs. They are known for their sweet disposition and good egg production. Ameraucana: These birds are popular for their blue and green eggs and are known for their hardiness and good egg production.
The girls are growing up fast, here they are at 2 months old. This flock matured super fast in comparison to previous flocks. They are very busy exploring and already quiet, no more peeping. The white birds are clean faced Easter Eggers, and the brown/gold are Golden Laced Wyandottes.
The March 18th chicks are growing fast and there’s work to be done before they leave the brooder and move into the coop. As long as I’m stuck at home, seemed like a great time to update the chicken coop. There’s always something I’m not satisfied with, and this year I’m going to do something about it. My biggest pain in the butt is wild birds eating all my chicken feed. They squeeze through the tiniest hole in the chicken pen, and then can’t get out. They fly around inside bouncing off the walls, causing total chaos among the flock. You probably think this is no big deal, but chicken feed is expensive, and wild birds can easily eat 5 lbs or more every single day. That means I’m buying a $14.99 bag of feed every 8 days or so. Taking that into consideration, it would be a lot cheaper to just buy eggs! The coop is a 10×10 covered chain link pen, inside an open air barn or shedrow at the back of our property. I had it completely covered with aviary netting, that was somewhat suitable, however, birds and lizards would get caught in it. That’s another problem I want to avoid so I took all of it off. One problem solved, but another was created. I was now committed to finding a favorable solution.
The Solution I bought 3 50ft rolls of 1/2 inch hardware cloth and have almost finished covering the entire coop. Talk about time consuming, OMG. My fingers are a mess, my nails broken, and my arms look like I’ve been in a battle zone. BUT, there will be no birds getting in my coop this year!