Blue Australorps are an excellent layer of brown eggs much like the Black Australorp and originate from Australia. ... The Blue Australorp is a rare breed with beautiful blue coloration. Babies are a creamy white with blue on their backs and heads. The typical weight for females is 5 lbs.
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Blue Cuckoo Maren The Blue Cuckoo Marans is a beautiful and hard-to-find chicken. The Marans breed originates from Marans, France and is cold tolerant. It is a decent forager that can also do well in confined quarters. The Blue Cuckoo Marans has shades of blue as the main feather color with varying degrees of cuckoo patterning. The comb is a medium-sized single comb. Blue Cuckoo Marans will have a mix of feathered and non-feathered legs. Hens may lay an average of 3-5 brown eggs each week.
Buff Orpingtons, which have rich golden buff plumage are a popular brown egg dual-purpose variety and are sometimes called "Big Buffs". Because they are loosely feathered, they appear to be much heavier than their true weights. The feathers are broad and smooth fitting on the deep body of this breed. They have a quiet disposition, make excellent mothers and are one of the most broody of all standard breeds. They have white skin, which is an appearance disadvantage when fowl meat is produced.
Standard weights at maturity are males-10 lbs. and hens-8 lbs.
OLIVE EGGER These birds are hardy and will do very well in all parts of the country. Production: Olive Eggers are good layers of about 180-200 large-sized eggs per year. ... But in general, Olive Eggers are friendly and mellow birds, getting along well with other breeds.
Speckled Sussex The Sussex breed originated in Sussex County, England to be used for table poultry. Speckled Sussex chicks are dark brown with two light brown streaks down the back. They have white wing tips, chests and abdomens. They have single combs and clean, white legs and feet. Adult females have mahogany bay plumage on their head, neck, back, breast, body, lower thigh and tail coverts and each feather is tipped with a small white spangle. The main tail is black mottled with brown and tipped with a white spangle and the wing primaries are black and white. Domestic temperament, mature weight 7 lbs approx. 208 large brown eggs per year
The Ideal 236 is a breed cross layer developed by Ideal Poultry in the 1960's and is the most productive, efficient layer sold by Ideal. This breed cross has excellent hybred vigor, which takes advantage of the specific combinability involving a combination of 3 strains of White Leghorns and a white egg barred breed cross. The specific combination of strains/breeds has produced a bird with excellent livability and the ability to lay for a long period of time without moulting.
The mature weight of Ideal 236 hens is 4.5 lbs. which is heavier than most commercial layers.
Rhode Island Reds are an old time, well-known American breed, which was developed in the state of Rhode Island. A distinct characteristic of this breed is their horizontal, oblong body, which is deep, broad and long, sometimes described as "brick shaped". They are an excellent dual-purpose bird that efficiently produces large brown eggs. From the time they are chicks until maturity they may have white on the wing tips, but when they are fully matured they should not have any white feathers.
Standard weights at maturity are males-8 1/2 lbs. and hens-6 1/2 lbs.
EASTER EGGER, are a multicolored breed. They have beards, muffs and a normal tail with a tail head. They are often incorrectly called Araucanas, which have ear tuffs, are rumpless, and do not have a tail head which gives them a bunny tail appearance. Most of the chicks sold as Araucanas are really Ameraucanas, which are excellent, efficient producers of large eggs of many colors and shades including blue and green.
Standard weights at maturity are males-5 lbs. and hens-4 lbs
The Light Brahma is a very old breed of feather-footed chickens that originated from Asia. The Light variety is one of the first varieties of the breed recognized by the American Standard of Perfection.
Light Brahmas are exceptionally quiet, gentle, and easy to handle. Their small pea comb, great size, and heavy feathering make them almost immune to cold weather. Hens are good brown egg layers, especially in winter, are likely to set, and make good mothers to their young.
Black Australorps are one of the most popular producers of large brown eggs and they are known for persistency of lay even in hot weather. The green sheen of this solid black plumage bird presents a truly beautiful sight, particularly when the sun is reflecting off the plumage.
Standard weights at maturity are males-8 1/2 lbs. and hens-5 1/2 lbs.
Barred Plymouth Rocks are one of America's oldest and most popular breeds. All of their plumage is black and white barred which is the result of the barred (B) gene. Because males are the homozygous sex, they have two barred alleles (BB) and are therefore lighter in color than the females, which are the heterogametic sex and have only one barred allele(B_). They are an excellent dual purpose breed, known for their efficient production of large brown eggs.
Standard weights at maturity are males-9 1/2 lbs. and hens-6 lbs
Silver Lace Wyandottes are the American Standard. Wyandottes are said to be of good temperament, although some can have strong personalities making them seem aloof. They are a friendly bird but not ‘cuddly’ and can be quite talkative, although this can vary greatly from bird to bird.
They are usually fairly dominant with other birds so are often near or at the top of the pecking order. They don’t appear to bully other birds but are assertive and are seldom bullied.
As for egg laying, they are reasonable layers averaging around 200 light to dark brown eggs each year.
Columbian Wyandottes are an unusual and attractive variety. They have the same deep, well rounded bodies and close set comb of all Wyandottes, and are of medium size. Appearance is handsome with white bodies, and contrasting neck, tail, and wing plumage which are black with silvery white edging. Their nice yellow skin and plump bodies make them easy to dress and they lay brown eggs. This variety was first exhibited at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, and got their name in that way. Baby chicks are a creamy white and some have dark gray shading on the back. Will lay approx 200 large brown eggs per year