Which Chickens Lay Brown Eggs?

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So you want to know which chickens lay brown eggs? This is one of the most common questions I hear. The answer lyes within the hybrid chicken. For many people the incentive for keeping your own hens is the constant supply of fresh free range eggs. The breed of chicken you choose will impact heavily on the amount of eggs you will get, including color.

I keep hybrid warren hens because they lay up to 350 eggs per year, the eggs are also a nice brown color as you can see below.

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My chickens lay brown eggs – Morning collection.

Certain breed of chicken lay no eggs what-so-ever, whereas most hybrid hens can lay 180-350 eggs per year or more. Choosing the right breed could mean the difference between having eggs all year round, or none at all.

The Hybrid Chicken Breed – Which Chickens Lay Brown Eggs?

There are tow types of hybrid, those that are for laying eggs and those destined for the table. Hybrids are perfect for the beginner since they lay huge amounts of eggs whilst only consuming small amount of food.

There are so many different breeds of hybrid, I was not going to go into the characteristics of the chickens. But as you are here now and wanting to know, I shall go through 10 with you!

The Buff Orpington

A fantastic choice for the backyard chicken, great for beginners with nice personality and hardiness in the winter. The breed origionally comes from Kent in the United Kingdom. This breed is raised for both purposes (Meat & Eggs).

Color: Very thick coat with golden yellowy brown colors.

Character: Their temperament is extremely docile, due to this they are often picked on by other breeds so it may be best to keep them apart from other breeds. In no time you can get this breed eating out of your hands and also socialize with you can the family.

Production: Laying up to 180 eggs per year, with a tendency to get broody in the summer months so production will slow and they may start sitting on their eggs.


Very well known for their dark brown eggs and very high quality tasting meat. They get the name from the French town of Maran where they were originally bred, they were imported to England in the 1930’s.

Color: Mainly dark grey with speckled white areas.

Character: Marans do not make good pets at all, though they are quiet and docile. They do not require much room and will roam freely given the space.

Production: Medium to large in size and are a dark brown color, they will lay up to 200 per year.


These were one of the first breeds I kept myself. Within a couple of days I was able to hold, pet and pick the hens up. From my own experience the breed is very loving and make fantastic pets. I would highly recommend this breed for total beginners.

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Percy! One of my Warrens.

Color: Light brown in color with speckled bit of white. The color can also be a darker red.

Character: I found them to be a pretty smart and loving breed, they can become escape artists so be careful. They will be eating out of your hands within a couple of days. They are great for those that would like chickens as pets.

Production: These hens can lay up to 350 eggs per year, which is the highest I have found so far. The eggs are a medium size and dark brown in color.

Rhode Island Red

This breed of course originated from America in Rhode Island. They are a duel purpose breed which can be used for eggs or meat, making it one of the most popular of breeds. They are extremely tough and stand up to all weather elements pretty well. These chickens lay brown eggs.

Color: Though their name is Rhode Island “Red”, they are actually a really dark brown which looks red in color to the naked eye.

Character: This breed is a common breed amongst first timers. They are extremely friendly and are a tough breed, meaning they can pretty much take care of themselves.

Production: The eggs production is around 250-280 per year and the eggs are medium sized brown.

Plymouth Rock

Plymouth Rock is another breed that is excellent for the beginner. This breed makes me think of what a Zebra and a Chicken would look like if they were to mate!

Color: They are mainly grey with white stripes.

Character: This type of breed is more suited to open spaces, so free-range would be the option here. They require more space than other Hybrids since they are larger, they may also require more coop room. Though don’t let this put you off, they are very tame and friendly birds.

Eggs: The eggs are a light brown color and lay up to 200 per year, the size of the eggs will be a small to medium.

We Now Know Which Chickens Lay Brown Eggs – What Do They Eat?

There are more that do lay brown eggs but this was just to name a few. The above breed are also the most commonly chosen. If you would like to know what they eat you can view my other post on what to feed chickens. For egg layers, we use chicken pellets. Chicken pellets have all they need to produce delicious free-range eggs.

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