Posted Aug 12, 2015
ISA Browns are a type of sex-link chicken popular in Australia as great egg layers. In my experience, ISA brown hens really are fantastic layers. They lay beautiful big brown eggs every day and they are easy to care for. Our hens are happy to feed on grain and vegetable scraps. They also love to forage around the garden for worms—their biggest fault is that they like to dig up garden beds and can make a bit of a mess of them. We’ve always found that after a day of foraging around the yard and close paddocks, they are relatively easy to round up back to their coop of an evening (just don’t forget to lock them in, because foxes are quick to take advantage if you forget).
They will occasionally go off the lay, such as when the weather gets cold, but they go back on the lay again after a few weeks. If you have a good number of hens, you will always have eggs as they rarely all go off the lay at the same time (even if you only have two or three that are laying for a little while). We haven’t had much trouble with illnesses in our hens over the many years we’ve kept them.
ISA browns are easy to care for and provide an abundance of fresh eggs throughout the year. They are an animal we’ll be keeping around for many years to come.