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What kind of chickens should I get?

By: Catie Leary on Sept. 10, 2011, 8:33 a.m.
White leghorns in a coop.

Photo: Geri Glastra/Wikimedia Commons

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The best egg-layers

If you can’t get enough omelettes or you want to make a little extra cash selling eggs to neighbors, you’ll want to go for a heavy egg-layer.

Chickens typically lay anywhere between one to five eggs a week, depending on the breed. Pure breeds typically lay fewer eggs, while hybrids tend to lay more eggs. Taking into account that there are usually several hens living in a single coop, that's hundreds and hundreds of eggs a year.

Some great egg-laying breeds include the Australorp, the Rhode Island Red, the Orpington and the Sussex. Who wins the title of "best egger"? In the large-scale commercial egg-laying industry, Leghorns (like the flock in this photo) reign supreme. This is because they reach maturity with lightning-fast speed and because they are known to produce a steady flow of eggs every week — sometimes between 200 and 300 a year.