There are many different types of chickens, so it’ really important to choose the right one. some are more suitable than others if you wish to keep just a few chickens in the garden for eggs.
There are two types of chicken, (1) Pure Breed (pedigree) and (2) Hybrid.
Hybrid Hens are typically excellent egg layers and make excellent starter hens. They are really trouble free to keep and if cared for will go on to lay eggs all year around and for many years to come. They name ‘hybrid’ means they are a particular type of hen, bred for a specific purpose and in this case it is great egg laying. These hens are the ones we recommend and there are more details on the different varieties on our page Types of Laying Hens.
Pure breeds can sometimes be good egg layers also, but importantly they are not usually vaccinated and can take a little more care. There are already directories that handle list of breeders for pure breeds hens and several clubs that represent these breeds. If you would like to know more, then there are two main clubs in Ireland that represent these breeders and these are the Poultry Keepers Club of Ireland or the Irish Society of Poultry Fanciers. Pure breed hens can be a good choice for some people, but do take a little more consideration in my opinion. Some more details on the pros and cons can be found in article on choosing chickens. Since it is already very well covered and represented within Ireland, we don’t cover pure breeds any more in this article.
Instead, we’ve decided to put together a directory of hybrid Laying Hen Suppliers to help guide someone looking for some nice egg laying and trouble free chickens for a family garden, as this is the missing piece of information that is useful to someone looking for some hens.
While we cannot personally vouch for the chicken suppliers on the list, we do expect them to meet some simple requirements. We are also happy to add or remove suppliers based on feedback from customers of those suppliers if you would like to get in touch with us via the contact page.
- Hens must be fully vaccinated and in good health.
- Hens must be at the stage where they are just about to begin laying eggs (within 2-3 weeks).
- The supplier should be reputable and willing to provide contact details for follow up questions or advice from customers.
Laying Hen Varieties
There are many different varieties of hybrid laying hens. We have included a little information on each of the breeds below.
Laying Chicken Types & Supplier Directory
For any changes or updates please get in touch with us via the contact us page.