Breeds that eat the least for number of eggs given

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Breeds that eat the least for number of eggs given

Post by n180n180 » 27 Sep 2013, 20:34

So what breeds generally tend to eat the least for the amount of eggs they give?

I know leghorns are one, but what other breeds?

And what breeds eat the most for the number of eggs they give?

I know Jersey Giants and Orpingtons eat a load for the low number of eggs they give, but what other breeds?
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Re: Breeds that eat the least for number of eggs given

Post by sallyhennypenny » 28 Sep 2013, 08:50

Vorwerks eat very little and lay very well!

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Re: Breeds that eat the least for number of eggs given

Post by subruss » 28 Sep 2013, 21:51

any egg laying breed will eat less and lay more than utility( Orpingtons and JG) or meat birds and if your birds are free ranging a small handful a day for each is ample but if you want egg machines on little food hybrids every time ie warrens etc :)

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Re: Breeds that eat the least for number of eggs given

Post by sunnys » 29 Sep 2013, 09:39

transylvanian naked necks. very good 'doers' bred to be peasant farmers birds and to do well on very little.

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Re: Breeds that eat the least for number of eggs given

Post by MrsMopp » 29 Sep 2013, 10:20

Bantam polands don't eat a lot and lay very well, tho not in winter. Egg is a decent size given the size of the bird, and delicious tasting :grin:

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Re: Breeds that eat the least for number of eggs given

Post by Hen-Gen » 29 Sep 2013, 15:13

I'm not sure that any breed of chicken has ever been bred with the objective of achieving what one might call good food conversion ratios in terms of egg production. However some breeds are very good at free ranging and deriving a lot of their needs from the environment rather than from the feed hopper. Such breeds include the Mediterranean breeds (Leghorn, Minorca, Ancona and Andalusian), Friesians, Hamburghs, Old English Pheasant Fowl and Derbyshire Redcaps.
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