When it comes to owning chickens, the difference between success and failure is to choose a breed that produces a lot of eggs. Chickens were bred for different reasons: some for meat, some for eggs, some for the color or size of their eggs, some for their ability to endure heat or cold, and some just for their pretty looks. The Silver Sebright may be a lovely bird, but at only 25-100 eggs a year, I’d pass.
Chicken Waterer has a list of breeds according to the number of eggs they lay. For example:
Champion Egg Layers (250-300 Eggs Per Year)
Rhode Island Red
Star (also called Sex-links)
Excellent Egg Layers (200-250 Eggs Per Year)
It also lists Good Layers (150-200 Eggs) and Poor Layers (25-100 Eggs), which you can read here.
At this point, I have two Rhode Island Reds and two Black Stars. I’m hoping to be rolling in eggs in the future…