The 10 best backyard chickens for eggs

best chicken for eggs

Picking the best chickens for eggs isn’t an easy task. There are lots of variations on data and the perfect chicken for eggs for one person may not be the perfect for another. Knowing which chicken is the best one for you however is a crucial task, eggs is probably the main reason why people get chickens after all. In this list we pick the 10 best chickens for eggs you can have in your backyard along with how many eggs they produce a year, their personalities and needs so you can choose the best chicken for you. See one you like? Click on their name to find out where to get them!

Best chickens for eggs:

10. Buff Orpington

Buff Orpington

Eggs per year: 180-200

These lovely birds are very docile and easy to handle. Although they don’t lay as many eggs as the rest of the list, they’re one of the favorite breeds! They will socialize with you and eat from your hand. However their docility makes it easy for other chickens to pick on them. Make sure you keep an eye on them and they’ll become one of your favorite breeds too.

9. Wyandottes

Golden Laced Wyandottes for eggs

Eggs per year: 200

Wyandottes are big, beautiful birds that will give you large eggs. They’re calm, gentle and a great fit for free range. They may be a bit noisy but they’re also great mothers who will incubate eggs from another hen. Their feathers aren’t just for show, their “fluffiness” also helps them adapt well to cold weather. They have a strong personality but these chickens will be a good fit even for a beginner as long as they’re provided some space and freedom to cackle.

8. Plymouth Rock

Eggs per year: 200-220

Similar to the Wyandotte, these are some of the best chickens for eggs due to their personalities. They may be shy but they’re usually friendly, good for people who are just starting with chickens. These chickens lay small to medium, light-brown eggs roughly every other day. They are easily tamed and better suited for free-range lifestyle. They’ll integrate very well into your flock so if you’re looking to add some variety these chickens are the way to go!

7. Leghorn

Leghorn chicken for eggs

Eggs per year: 220-250

This famous and classic breed is also pretty constant, even when the rest of your flock isn’t producing. They are non-sitters and are rarely broody. These chickens are very active despite their low appetite. They can perfectly adapt to hot and cold weather as long as you keep them safe from frostbite. The Leghorns can be a bit jumpy and nervous so they aren’t the best with children, although they don’t tend to be aggressive. And yes, this is the chicken that Foghorn Leghorn is based on.

6. Ameraucana

Eggs per year: 250

Commonly confused with the Araucana, this is the most unique chicken in our list. Not only are they great layers, they’re properly known as the “Easter Egg Chicken” because of their multicolored eggs! They’re easy-going, hardy and sweet.

5. Sussex

Sussex egg best chicken

Eggs per year: 280

Besides laying eggs constantly, these are some of the best chickens for cold weather, assuming your coop is winter ready. They may be friendly towards you but not so much towards other chickens. They have a mild but capable character. They’re a “dual purpose” breed, which means that you can raise them for meat and for eggs. The eggs they lay vary from mild brown to white.

4. Australorp

Eggs per year: 250-300

“Australorp” is a contraction of their original name: “Australian Utility Black Orpington”. They’re great layers of medium, light brown eggs. Although unconfirmed, they’re rumored to have the record for laying the most amount of eggs in one year: 365! However most Australops in low-pressure backyard environments will lay around 250 per year for you. These beautiful chickens come in white, black or blue and they’re an Australian favorite.

3. Golden Comet

Eggs per year: 250-300

These gentle birds get along well with other chickens and lay beautiful brown eggs. They aren’t particularly broody and are built to endure the cold too. If you want a chicken that will start laying eggs as soon as possible you’ll be glad to know that they start to lay eggs as soon as 15 weeks old!

2. Rhode Island Red

Rhode Island Red best chicken for eggs

Eggs per year: 300

They can be a bit aggressive but they are also some of the best chickens for eggs laying up to 300 eggs every year. They will endure cold weather pretty well too as long as you feed them properly. This chicken breed is so famous that it’s the state bird of Rhode Island. They’re quite adaptable and easy to care. This robust chicken may become bossy towards other breeds so you will want to keep them separated.

1. Isa Brown

Isa Brown, the best chicken for eggs

Eggs per year: 300-350

These chickens aren’t only the best egg-layers yet, they start laying eggs as soon as 16 weeks old! They’re very robust and adapt easily to different climates. This breed was developed specially for egg-laying by a French company in 1978 and has been growing in popularity ever since. They’re also very friendly towards humans and chickens alike which is why it’s one of the favorite breeds for beginners.

That’s our top ten list of the best chickens for eggs! Remember that the best chicken for you may not necessarily be the one that lays the most eggs but the one that best fits your needs. Which one is the best chicken for you? Let us know in the comments below.


10 thoughts on “The 10 best backyard chickens for eggs

  1. Rebekah says:

    I have a mixed flock of ISA Browns, Wyandottes, Ameracaunas, Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, and Barred Rock. While I love all my girls, the ISA Browns are by far my favorites! They lay the most consistently, pretty much every day, and they are also the calmest and nicest of my ladies. When guests (especially children) come to visit our coop, I usually bring out one of my ISA Browns for people to gently touch and admire. Can’t say enough positive things about my ISA Browns!

  2. Greg says:

    My favorites are Australorps and Ameracaunas. I used to use California Whites, and like them very much. But I found that I could not tell the white shells from the whites on the inside, when the eggs are soft boiled. So I am trying Buff Orpingtons this year, looking for an egg color different than Australorps for my third color of egg, but still not white. I use a different egg color every year, so that on the third year, when those hens stop laying, I can sell them before they slow down on their laying as they get older.

    • Linda M Pedersen says:

      You can order just about any breed of chicken from hatcheries. It’s been a VERY long time since I’ve had to since my girls go broody and my flock is replenished from “within.” I ordered my very first batch 24 years ago from Murray McMurray Hatchery. I just checked and they’re still in business! (There are quite a few others out there, as well.) Most hatcheries have a minimum order number of 25 chicks so they stay warm and are pretty tightly packed to avoid injury during transport. They are shipped to your post office the day of hatch, or the next day, if they are waiting for a hatch of a specific breed you ordered. Your post office will call you immediately when they arrive…….not just because they are nice people but the peeping drives them crazy! Hatcheries will let you “mix and match” any breeds you want as long as the total comes to 25. You can also specify if you want pullets or roos. When I ordered my first flock, I got 23 pullets and 2 roos and that worked out well for me. Since the roos grew up together, there was no fighting. It was a happy group, if rather odd looking with all the different varieties. If you don’t want that many chickens, you can probably buy just the amount you want at your local co-op, but you’ll be very lucky if anyone there knows how to “sex” the chicks and you may wind up with 8 roos! To find the names of hatcheries, just type in “where can I buy baby chicks” and you’ll find lots of places. Good luck!

  3. Buddy Simmons says:

    My favorites are my Black Jersey Giants and my Buff Brahmas because of their size and beauty, but they are still very friendly, even eat out of my grandson’s hand.

    The Roosters are very protective and helpful toward their girls, finding food and calling them to eat.

    They watch for hawks and other predators and will defend their flock in a heartbeat but don’t mind at all if my grandson decides to pet them or even pick them up.

    I couldn’t ask for better protection for the flock.

    • Isabelle Coates says:

      I love your comments and i love the way you talk about your rooster, the way he is towards his “girls”. Thank you for sharing…..

  4. PHILIP TUCKER says:

    Of this list, my faves are Easter Eggers and Wyandottes. I’ve had both, and enjoyed them very much. My favorite of all are Polish- so zany! They may not lay as many eggs, but the eggs they do lay are huge!

  5. Kimberly Veilleux says:

    Easter eggers are any mixed breed chicken that lays colored eggs- pink green blue etc.
    True Ameracaunas are a breed with breed standards and their eggs are blue.

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