What Chicken Breed Lays The Largest Eggs?

What chicken breed lays the largest eggs?

If you’re raising chickens for eggs not only do you want them to lay eggs as often as possible but you want them to lay the largest eggs you can get. If you want to help your chickens lay larger eggs you can by making sure they’re healthy, happy, have proper access to clean water and that their feed is as healthy as possible.

As you probably know, eggs sizes usually depend on the age of the chicken: the older the chicken the larger the egg will be. That being said, the largest egg in the world was produced by a chicken that was only six months old! Here are the breeds we recommend for larger eggs. You can find out more about where to buy them by clicking on their names.

Leghorns

group of leghorns

Don’t let their smaller size deceive you. The Leghorns will not only lay some of the largest eggs you’ll see, they’ll also lay plenty of them! Leghorns are some of the best producers of delicious white eggs, laying usually around 300 of them per year. They’re also very hardy and easy to raise for beginners!

Welsummer

Welsummer Chickens

A large bird, Welsummers require more space to explore and live. However this breed will reward your efforts with delicious large chocolate brown eggs! You may notice that their color gets lighter the more they lay. That’s because the beautiful dark brown color is only added at the end of the process. You can even rub it off yourself! They’ll lay around 160 yearly eggs for you, which is the average in chickens.

Easter Egger (Ameraucana)

A great egg layer, you’ll never know which color their eggs are gonna be until they start laying. That’s because they can be from cream to blue, even green! Once they start laying they’ll lay the same color of large eggs every time, and they’ll lay quite often. With around 250 yearly eggs, they’re definitely on our list of the best egg layers you can get.

Rhode Island Red

Rhode Island Red best chicken for eggs

Another prolific egg layer, Rhode Island Reds are one of the most popular birds out there, and for good reason! They tend to lay around 300 eggs per year. They’re quite hardy and easy to handle. And although they can get bossy, they’ll definitely enjoy your company, and you’ll easily enjoy theirs!

Buff Orpington

Buff Orpington

One of our favorites, not only are Orpingtons a great choice for larger eggs, they’re also great pets. With an incredibly docile nature, they’re some of the friendliest breeds out there. They’re hardy and although they’re large, they adapt quite well to confined spaces.

ISA Brown

ISA Browns will lay large eggs, and they’ll lay more often than you can eat them. With an incredible production of up to 350 eggs a year, these girls will surprise you with the amount of large light-brown eggs they can lay. They’re also very robust and very affectionate towards humans, which makes them the perfect layer for beginners who are looking for large and frequent eggs!

Which breed has given you the largest egg you’ve seen? Let us know in the comments!

 


8 thoughts on “What Chicken Breed Lays The Largest Eggs?

  1. Charlie says:

    Used Isa Browns for many years along with many other types and hands down Isa Browns out layed and outsized any other bird I have ever known, that’s over 40 years of raising poultry speaking.

  2. Linda says:

    I have a Delaware that regularly lays Jumbo eggs and even laid one that was 3.4oz. A normal jumbo egg is 2.5-2.75oz. Also had an Easter Egger that laid a gigantic triple yoke egg in such a pretty blue shell.

  3. Julie Carr Lewis says:

    My Easter Eggers lay the largest eggs n my flock……….as well as the most beautiful green eggs I have ever seen. I also have most of the other breeds you mentioned, but in my flock, Easter Eggers take the prize.

  4. Wm. Hollingsworth says:

    In my many years of releasing chickens of various breeds, I found my Blue Andalusians, which is a very old mediterainian Leghorn breeds always gave me huge jumb white eggs. They are a larger variety of leghorn so that may be why such large eggs. My black and red sex links are very efficient layers of large brown eggs!

  5. Anonymous says:

    The ISA Brown is a commercial hybrid type of chicken, not a purebred, and not a heritage breed. They still are very productive laying hens. :)
    From Wikipedia: “ISA stands for Institut de Sélection Animale, the company which developed the hybrid in 1978 for egg production as a battery hen. “

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