Laying chooks for pets

Craig's Farm

Top Quality Chickens and Expert Advice

Melbourne laying chickens

Open:

Phone:

0438 537 758

Address:

475 Fallon Rd

Iona 3815

Email:

craig@craigsfarm.com.au

EFTPOS Available

Please bring a box, or cat carrier,  to take your chicken/s home

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Usually Closed:

Monday to Friday

- except by appointment

Everything you need for Beginners to Experienced Chicken Owners

Craig's crew

Saturdays

      - 9am to 5pm

Sundays

      - 9am to 5pm

Commercial Layers

Note: we only sell fertile eggs for pure breed chickens - not commercial or cross breeds

  • Medium sized and are mostly cross breeds, or hybrids.

  • Start laying earlier than other breeds, usually at 20 weeks of age

  • Will have a longer laying season than other chickens

  • Have a shorter laying life than other chickens and a shorter life (because they lay so much in their first few years)

  • Cross breeds and hybrids are cheaper than pure breed chickens

  • Leghorns are available as fertile eggs, but cross breeds and hylines are not

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Commercial Layers

Isa Brown X Leghorn X Australorp chickens are good egg layers, with a good feed to egg ratio.  They start laying at around 20 weeks of age.  If you are new to chickens and want pets that lay well, these are a great choice.  They are also popular as they come in different colours so they are easy to tell apart.

 

These chickens are more prone than pure breeds to prolapse, being egg-bound, egg-peritontis and other issues related to their high rate of egg production and large egg size.

 

 

Colours: Brown, White, Black and combinations

 

Broody: Rarely

 

Eggs per week: 5-6

 

Egg colour: White to Brown

 

Sexed at: a day old

Cross Breeds (Isa Brown X Leghorn X Australorp)

Cross breeds

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Hy-line Browns are similar to Isa Browns.  Both are hybrids that are commercially produced for the commerical egg laying.  

 

Hy-line Browns are good egg layers, with a good feed to egg ratio.  They start laying at around 20 weeks of age and will lay more than most pure breed chickens in their first and second year of laying, but after that their egg production and egg quality declines rapidly.

 

Hy-line Browns love to be around people, they are not shy and will crowd around you.  Isa Browns are known for being mean to other chickens, but we have found the Hy-line Browns to be much more docile and easier to intergrate with other chickens.  

 

Commercial layers can be more prone than pure breeds to prolapse, being egg-bound, egg-peritontis and other issues related to their high rate of egg production and large egg size.

 

Hy-line Brown lineage (and Isa Brown) is a well kept secret, so they are only bred by specific commercial hatcheries. Chickens are usually sold in lots of 1,000 - so are targeting commercial egg farms. The chicks are colour sexed so the males are culled as soon as they hatch. These chickens are a hyrbid, so none of these males are retained for breeding. Most chicks are de-beaked as they are usually destined for commerical hatcheries.

 

Colours: Brown

 

Broody: Rarely

 

Eggs per week: 6

 

Egg colour:  Brown

 

Sexed at: a day old - auto-sexing (colour sexing)

Hy-line Brown (like an Isa Brown)

Isa Brown

CSIRO White Leghorn

The CSIRO white Leghorn chickens I have are bred to be prolific layers as they were bred as commercial layers.  They lay a very large egg although they are only a medium sized chicken.  My chickens only went off the lay for 3 weeks this year, so are excellent if you are looking for chickens that will lay throughout the year.  

 

The CSIRO white Leghorns will lay better than the brown, black and exchequer Leghorns.  Most pure breeds will lay longer than a commercial layer, because they don’t lay as many eggs each year.  The CSIRO white Leghorns will have a shorter laying life than other pure breeds, because they lay more each year.  

 

Many people remember Leghorns from the 1960s (or earlier) as it was a popular backyard chicken.  Of course, Disney’s Foghorn was a Leghorn.

Colours: White

 

Broody: Rarely

 

Eggs per week: 6

 

Sexed at: 8 weeks old

Leghorn brown egg

Adult Breeders

CSIRO White Leghorn White Leghorn chick CSIRO White Leghorn female mixed breed chicks