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how many laying hens to get 2 dozen eggs a day

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i know they dont all lay everyday. right now i have 19 laying and im getting 13-17 eggs a day. i want to get a even 2 dozen a day. for my egg selling and personal use. so how many more would i need.

post #2 of 13

15 more is my guess...  big_smile

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post #3 of 13

My birds lay 5 eggs a week each on average. 33 laying hens should give you 2 dozen eggs a day.

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I have about 40 hens??? and get 18-30 eggs a day.  I don't think you will EVER get it to 24 EVERY day.

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Livin' my dream in Alaska
along with a alaskan specialXxXx dog, an aussie mix, a chihuahua mix, one Tibetan Mastiff!!  19 alaskan huskies,  4 turkeys, 50 plus chickens. and my "resident" fox, along with a partridge in a spruce tree HA!HA!
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Originally Posted by NancyinAlaska 

I have about 40 hens??? and get 18-30 eggs a day.  I don't think you will EVER get it to 24 EVERY day.


The OP is probably looking for a average, if she needs to have 2 doz a day regularly she will need to old back a couple days to balance out. But 40 hens is a good number for layers and should take care of her needs, she can always feed back the extras to the layers.

post #6 of 13

I think it also might depend on what breed of chicken you have. Some breeds of chickens lay more regularly/ reliably. wink

post #7 of 13

Breed is very important.  ISA Browns lay about 6-7 eggs a week every week, but most dual purpose about 3-4 eggs a week.  We have about 30 ISA's and get about 25-28 eggs a day.

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post #8 of 13

I was going to say that it depends on the breed... I have BO mixes, and they are pretty regular with one a day, so if I had 24 of the same hens, I'd be pretty on target!! lol I'm hoping with an eventual count of laying hens at 18-20 that I'll average a dozen a day. Taking that number, I'd think you'd need at least 30 to expect to get 2 doz/day.

post #9 of 13

And in winter, you'll need 15 more than that.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

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post #10 of 13

I have 28 RIR AND get   20 to 26 eggs a day, they  are a yr old this month....

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