1. Hybrid

Hybrid hens can lay more than 280 eggs per year- nearly an egg every day.

Eggs: You should expect for a typical hybrid hen to lay around 280 eggs per year. These eggs will be medium sized and brown coloured.

Colour: Hybrids are normally a golden, brown colour with soft white tail feathers.

Character: They tend to be a very tough and resilient chicken and rarely ever turn broody. If you are looking for an all year round egg layer who is easy to look after, a Hybrid chicken is definitely the pick for you.

2. Rhode Island Red

Rhode Island Red’s originated from America and are known as a ‘dual purpose’ chickens. This means they can be raised for either eggs or meat. They are one of the most popular backyard chicken breeds because they are tough and lay lots of eggs.

Eggs: You should expect a young Rhode Island Red to lay 250 eggs a year. These eggs are brown and medium sized.

Colour: Contrary to their name, Rhode Island Reds actually have brown and black feathers giving them a dark appearance.

Character: They are more than capable of looking after themselves, and are well known for being tough. Rhode Islands are very friendly and are commonly picked by first time chicken keepers.

3. Leghorn

Eggs: They should lay around 250 eggs per year. These eggs will be white and medium sized.

Colour: They are one of the most unique breeds going, with a full white body and a large thick red comb.

4. Sussex

Like the Rhode Island Red, the Sussex is a ‘dual purpose’ hen which means they can be raised for either eggs or meat.

Eggs: A Sussex is easily capable of laying 250 eggs a year. The colour of the eggs will vary from brown through to creamy white.

Colour: The Sussex breed has eight different colours, the most common one being a pure white body with black neck and tail feathers.

Character: They are a very calm breed who would happily free range in a garden without destroying it! If you want a tame breed which would eat from your hand the Sussex is for you.

5. Plymouth Rock

The Plymouth Rock (Barred Rock) is an ideal pick for a first time chicken keeper who is looking for a hen that lays eggs roughly once every two days.

Eggs: A healthy Plymouth Rock should lay around 200 eggs a year. These eggs will be small to medium sized and are a light brown colour.

Colour: They are predominately grey with white stripes wrapping around their body.

Character: Plymouths are a large bird that is much better suited to the free range lifestyle. Like the Sussex they are very friendly birds who can easily be tamed.

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