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I have about 100 layers to sell eggs at our roadside farm stand. I raise the chicks through the winter, so after 2 years of age, they have layed eggs for 2 full seasons. I have been been rotating them out after 2 years, but wonder how much less productive they would be if I kept them a 3rd season. Input from "seasoned pros" appreciated!
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I have about 100 layers to sell eggs at our roadside farm stand. I raise the chicks through the winter, so after 2 years of age, they have layed eggs for 2 full seasons. I have been been rotating them out after 2 years, but wonder how much less productive they would be if I kept them a 3rd season. Input from "seasoned pros" appreciated!


The third laying cycle you generally see a decline in number and quality of egg - if pressed to put a number to it I would say a reduction of up to 1/3 when compared to the first (most productive) laying cycle.  In a production geared flock *I* would not hold onto them into a third cycle - but they can still be sold off as retired production layers for someone who just wants a few eggs now and again from their birds.

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Agrees with OGM......especially if you have high production breeds like sexlinks, leghorns, etc.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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