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Really good white egg layers ?
#1
My white eggs are currently supplied courtesy of 2 White Leghorns but as you will see from a post below, I am getting very unsatisfactory eggs from one of them - certainly can't go in the 'For Sale' boxes and to be honest I'd really like to try a different breed for my white eggs - preferably in a non-white hen.



I have short listed a few possibilities and will keep my ears and eyes open at Salisbury perhaps ?



Who else keeps a prolific white egg layer and which breed please ?
I never make the same mistake twice. I do it at least five or six times, just to make sure !

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#2
If you want the really white, its the leghorns I am afraid. - particularly of any size? but you can get leghorns of various colours including blue and jungle fowl type.
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#3
[quote name='april' date='11 January 2011 - 04:59 PM' timestamp='1294765159' post='219313']

My white eggs are currently supplied courtesy of 2 White Leghorns but as you will see from a post below, I am getting very unsatisfactory eggs from one of them - certainly can't go in the 'For Sale' boxes and to be honest I'd really like to try a different breed for my white eggs - preferably in a non-white hen.



I have short listed a few possibilities and will keep my ears and eyes open at Salisbury perhaps ?



Who else keeps a prolific white egg layer and which breed please ?

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You should look into Spanish or Ancona they are good layers, they have similar requirements to your leghorns so you are already set up for them and there are the occasional good examples at salisbury. The catalogue will be out either Thursday, Friday or Monday online so have a look at it and pick out what your interested in.
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#4
Campines! Mine are back in lay already after a fast moult, layed right into the end of November I think it was - I know I was getting eggs from them when everything else has packed it in! Lovely white eggs - really a worthwhile breed - flighty like the leghorns but very pretty!
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#5
[quote name='Ross Clarke' date='11 January 2011 - 05:13 PM' timestamp='1294766003' post='219315']

You should look into Spanish or Ancona they are good layers, they have similar requirements to your leghorns so you are already set up for them and there are the occasional good examples at salisbury. The catalogue will be out either Thursday, Friday or Monday online so have a look at it and pick out what your interested in.

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Great minds think alike !!! The Ancona is on my short list.
I never make the same mistake twice. I do it at least five or six times, just to make sure !

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#6
Hamburghs!! My neighbour has a quintete, they have laid all through the winter, second year birds despite moulting. Hers are very friendly but they were hand raised by a good friend of mine, they are usually very flighty and stunningly beautiful. Gold and Silver spangeled.

Andalusians are stocky birds that are of a sussex productivity nice white eggs.....

Love the leghorns myself my fav are the exchequeor...cant beat their productivity. <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />



Silkies lay nice white eggs occasionally... <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' />
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Love the Exchequer Leghorns <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/thumbup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbup:' />

hatched some beauties from eggs bought from 'smallholder' on here, the excess pullets sold for fantastic prices and the ones kept I adore, really friendly and not at all flighty like folk say about a lot of leghorns, a really fab strain.



Friesians - prolific layers and very, very beautiful, also being on the small/light side you get a really good sized egg for less feed intake than a lot of larger breeds <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' /> although slightly on the flighty side your set up would suit them.



Appenzellers - funky looking, fab layers, again tendancy towards slightly flighty, but would suit your set up.



both are really hardy breeds, good cold weather birds, good foragers with a good feed/egg conversion rate <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' />
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[quote name='Choccy Chook' date='12 January 2011 - 07:21 AM' timestamp='1294816896' post='219354']

Love the Exchequer Leghorns <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/thumbup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbup:' />

hatched some beauties from eggs bought from 'smallholder' on here, the excess pullets sold for fantastic prices and the ones kept I adore, really friendly and not at all flighty like folk say about a lot of leghorns, a really fab strain

Friesians - prolific layers and very, very beautiful, also being on the small/light side you get a really good sized egg for less feed intake than a lot of larger breeds <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' /> although slightly on the flighty side your set up would suit them.



Appenzellers - funky looking, fab layers, again tendancy towards slightly flighty, but would suit your set up.



both are really hardy breeds, good cold weather birds, good foragers with a good feed/egg conversion rate.





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Exchequer Leghorns (and perhaps Brown) also on my list. Just trying to avoid white birds really because they rarely look really white and tend to look a bit neglected all the time. Mine have never been flighty, in fact, I don't recall one of any of the Leghorns I've owned ever doing a flit. Must just have been lucky and although they look 'neglected' they are obviously more than happy with their lot !
I never make the same mistake twice. I do it at least five or six times, just to make sure !

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#9
Keep doing this......my response is the bottom paragraph. Can someone clever put it right perhaps ?
I never make the same mistake twice. I do it at least five or six times, just to make sure !

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#10
I got brown leghorn bantams super layers and huge eggs.
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#11
My hamburgs were excellent layers in their younger years, have rather tailed off now but must be 5 or 6 years old....and stunning looking birds and extremely hardy and trouble free, also have a thuringian which are supposed to lay their socks off, mine doesnt and is also the greediest hen I have ever known but she does look very beautiful
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#12
[quote name='april' date='12 January 2011 - 10:00 AM' timestamp='1294826421' post='219362']

Keep doing this......my response is the bottom paragraph. Can someone clever put it right perhaps ?

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#13
Well, thank you everyone. That has given me plenty of food for thought. Hadn't even considered Bantam Leghorns - what a nice idea GFM.



I'll now just have to wait for the catalogue to appear on line and probably find there are none of the above for sale knowing my luck but hopefully there will be all of them and then I will get a few chances at a succesful bid.
I never make the same mistake twice. I do it at least five or six times, just to make sure !

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[quote name='Twigs' date='12 January 2011 - 10:28 AM' timestamp='1294828111' post='219368']

My hamburgs were excellent layers in their younger years, have rather tailed off now but must be 5 or 6 years old....and stunning looking birds and extremely hardy and trouble free, also have a thuringian which are supposed to lay their socks off, mine doesnt and is also the greediest hen I have ever known but she does look very beautiful

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oooh a Thuringian sounds exotic, any chance of a picture, never heard of them before.
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#15
Emerald, our modern game bantam lays lovely white eggs. Four eggs in 11 months. I tell people she's an ornamental chicken. <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' />
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