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So we are very new at this whole chicken thing. We have 3 pullets right now and I just was looking for a rough idea of how many eggs we will get with 3 hens? I know it is based on various things including breeds, etc. I BELIEVE we have one Silver Laced Wyandotte and 2 cuckoo marans. Everyone keeps asking us how many eggs we will get when they start laying and we don't know enough to even guess. Any ideas on about how many we can expect when they start laying? Sorry if this is a dumb question.

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I'd say about 15 a week, going upon how our Marans and Wyandottes lay. :)

 

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And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

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"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 21 chickies, 2 bantam quacklings, 5 interesting ducks, 1 unfriendly drake, 4 furry kitties, and 5 crabby parakeets! 

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Not a dumb question. It is more appropriate though to ask how many you'll get in a year. Once pullets start laying, they usually lay like crazy and often continue for up to 12-18 months without a break at the rate of about 5 or 6 a week - some breeds much less, some close to daily.

Then they will molt, usually their second autumn when you won't get any eggs. Then after a winter break, they'll start up again when day length increases. Only to do the same thing the following autumn and each thereafter. Winter breaks will get longer and longer.

 

Marans can lay from 150-200 a year. Wyandottes - 180-200.

 

The government suggests 2 hens per family member. Even at that, one may still be buying eggs at some point.


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 4/27/16 at 10:20am

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So we are very new at this whole chicken thing. We have 3 pullets right now and I just was looking for a rough idea of how many eggs we will get with 3 hens? I know it is based on various things including breeds, etc. I BELIEVE we have one Silver Laced Wyandotte and 2 cuckoo marans. Everyone keeps asking us how many eggs we will get when they start laying and we don't know enough to even guess. Any ideas on about how many we can expect when they start laying? Sorry if this is a dumb question.

4 to 6 from each a week. Roughly 12 to 18, total a week.

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