Your Guide to Chicken Egg Production

Egg production is the number one reason that most people have for raising chickens. Whether it's to lessen dependence on the food supply chain, or because they like the taste of a farm-fresh egg, more people are adding chickens to their hobby farms, homesteads and back yards. 

Deciding on a chick breed is an important step in your chicken journey. Most all poultry breeds we offer at The Chicken Outfitter will supply a steady stream of eggs for most of the year, but some breeds produce more eggs than others. Knowing your egg needs can help you decide on a breed that's right for you. 

Columbian Rock CrossColumbian Rock Cross typically lays more than 300 brown eggs annually.

Breeds like Amberlink, Rhode Island Red, Columbian Rock Cross and Golden Comet are highly productive layers and will typically give you more than 300 eggs annually. This breed is perfect for a family who consumes a lot of eggs, but be prepared to sell the surplus or gift them to friends and family.

Breeds like Ameraucana, Easter Egger, Marans and Barnevelders will add variety and interest to your egg carton with unique colors. We also offer the Optimal Egg Layer chick pack, which contains two each of five breeds known for their egg production that lay in a range of colors. 

Noir Maran
Noir Marans will lay around 200 chocolate brown eggs each year.
Below is a handy guide you can use to help decide which chicken breed will be best for your family. And if you have any questions about a breed, we're always here to help.
 BREED MATURE SIZE

EGG PRODUCTION (ANNUALLY)

EGG COLOR
Amberlink 4 – 6 lbs.

300+ Large

Brown
Ameraucana 4 – 7 lbs.

150-200 Medium

Bluish

Barnevelder 6 – 7 lbs.

150-200 Medium-Large

Dark Brown
Barred Plymouth Rock 7.5 – 9.5 lbs.

250-280 Large

Brown
Black Australorp 6.5 – 8.5 lbs.

250-280 Large

Brown
Black Jersey Giant 10 – 13 lbs. 150-180 Extra Large Brown
Black Sex Link 6 – 8 lbs.

300+ Large

Brown

Blue Rock 4.5 – 5.5 lbs.

225-250 Large

Cream
Brown Leghorn 4 – 5.5 lbs.

250-300 Large

White
Buckeye 5 – 9 lbs.

200-250 Large

Brown
Buff Brahma 9.5 – 12 lbs.

150-180 Large

Brown
Buff Orpington 8 – 10 lbs.

180-220 Large

Brown
Columbian Rock Cross 6 – 7.5 lbs.

300+ Large-Extra Large

Brown
Cuckoo Maran 4.5 – 6.5 lbs.

175-200 Medium

Dark Brown
Dark Brahma 9.5 – 12 lbs.

150-180 Large

Brown
Delaware 4.5 – 6.5 lbs. 175-200 Medium Dark Brown
Dominique 5 – 7 lbs. 150 Large Brown
Easter Egger 4 – 7 lbs. 160 Medium Greenish/Bluish
French Black Copper Maran 4.5 – 6 lbs. 175-200 Medium-Large Dark Brown
Gold Star 6 – 8 lbs. 240 Large Brown
Golden Comet 4 – 6 lbs. 300+ Large-Extra Large Brown
Golden Laced Wyandotte 6.5 – 8.5 lbs. 200 Medium Brown
Isa Brown 5 – 6 lbs. 300+ Large-Extra Large Brown
Lavender Orpington 8 – 10 lbs. 180-220 Large Brown
Light Brahma 9.5 – 12 lbs. 150-180 Large Brown
New Hampshire Red 5 – 7 lbs. 150 Large Brown
Noir Maran
4.5 – 6.5 lbs.
200-225 Medium-Large Dark Brown
Partridge Plymouth Rock 7.5 – 9.5 lbs. 150-175 Large Brown
Production Red 6.5 – 8.5 lbs. 300+ Large-Extra Large Brown
Red Star 6 – 8 lbs. 240 Large Brown
Rhode Island Blue 6.5 – 8.5 lbs. 200-250 Large-Extra Large Brown
Rhode Island Red 6.5 – 8.5 lbs. 300+ Large-Extra Large Brown
Silver Laced Wyandotte 6.5 – 8.5 lbs. 200 Medium Brown
Speckled Sussex 7 – 9 lbs. 150-200 Medium Cream
Welsummer 4.5 – 6 lbs. 150-200 Large Dark Brown
White Leghorn 4.5 – 5.5 lbs. 300+ Large-Extra Large White
White Plymouth Rock 7.5 – 9.5 lbs. 250-280 Large Brown