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CHICKEN BREED PROFILE: Hyline Brown

The Hyline Brown is an excellent hybrid egg laying chicken which adapts easily to different environments and is extremely friendly.  They mature early (16 to 20 weeks) and produce 300 plus eggs annually (first two years).  The eggs themselves have great shell colour, robustness, size and internal quality.

They also have a superior feed conversion rate (how much feed they must eat to produce an egg).  Though this high rate of egg production means they need a higher % of protein than most other chickens, I feed my six Hyline hens a handful of meat meal each day to make sure that they get enough protein.

If you are looking for a purely egg laying chicken that’s both very friendly and a terrific layer then this breed is ideal. 

ADVANTAGES

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ADVANTAGES

  • Excellent layers.
  • Rarely go broody (good if you don't have a rooster).
  • Very friendly.
  • Robust.

DISADVANTAGES

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DISADVANTAGES

  • Poor meat chicken.
  • Rarely go broody (no good if you want hens to sit on fertile eggs).
  • Offspring will not breed true to type.

Note that the chicken breed profiles on this website are only of chicken breeds that I keep or have kept in the past, for more comprehensive reviews of the various chicken breeds available I suggest you explore more specialised chicken husbandry websites.

 

Hyline chicken

Hyline brown hens.

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