• Rhode Island Red....haha
  • I would say the strange numbered breeds developed for the egg farming industry. Some of the older breeds may lay less, but are probably hardier, healthier and live longer. My personal favorites are Domineckers/Barred Plymouth Rocks and Rhode Island Reds. You can make almost any breed highly productive with a little TLC. Read some of Laura Ingalls Wilder's newspaper and magazine articles that she wrote before she started writing books. She and Almanzo were highly competitive with each other. He managed their dairy herd and she managed the chickens. They strove against each other to earn more than the other each year. She gave a lot of useful tips in those articles for making them productive, including feeding them cooked mashes, giving them bone meal at certain times of year and a bunch of other stuff. I bet she had the happiest hens in Missouri.

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