Pickin' A Chicken 2014 - Page 18

Raising Chickens for Eggs If you are like most people, you want chickens for their delicious and nutritious eggs. There are many breeds that will meet your needs. They include everything from bantams (small chickens that lay small eggs) to Jersey Giants (the largest chicken breed). There are chickens that lay brown eggs, white eggs, and even blue and green eggs. Some chickens will give you nearly an egg a day while others will only give you an egg a week. Do you see why it is important to make sure you choose the right breed? Imagine owning six heavy layers that churn out a dozen eggs every couple of days when you only need a few table eggs here and there. The good thing about making this purchase error is that friends, family and neighbors will be happy to take the extra eggs off of your hands. However, if you have a family of five and you purchase a flock of bantams to support your heavy egg usage, you will be very disappointed to discover that they do not lay on a daily basis and that their eggs are smaller than those of standard size chickens. By the way, hens do not need a rooster to lay eggs. They lay eggs with or without a rooster in the flock. A rooster