About the Commercial Shelf Eggs You Buy
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.
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Create or buy a chicken coop, it’s up to you…
This is one of my smaller chicken coops here at the ranch, I bought it on-line at Murray McMurray Hatchery.
It’s actually two coops and I took out center panel and joined them together. My hens aren’t confined to this coop, they are in a fenced area about 20ft. x 30ft but it’s available to them all day and night. They go in the upper portion to lay their eggs everyday and then return at dusk until dawn. The upper portion is just a box with a hinged roof for easy egg removal; I don’t put nest boxes in there, only grass hay. This coop houses 12 birds right now, but the other side is unused, they all sleep together in one box. This coop could easily house 24 birds if they have a yard attached, if you don’t, probably only 6 if you want to keep peace. In winter I tarp the sides, but if you’re in cold country plywood attached to the sides and top would be a simple task.
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Remember, one of the best things about building a poultry farm whether large of small is to accomplish it by spending as little money as possible. Something I learned much too late I might add. Be creative, that so called junk in the garage or shed may prove quite useful once again.
Check out these pics and see what a little creativity can build.
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