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How long (on average) will a hen produce eggs?

post #1 of 13
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Ok I'm considering 2 different breeds ~ I know on average hens start laying around 5 months

But how long do they lay? On average?

TYIA!

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post #2 of 13

Since you seem to have an idea, what breeds are you considering?

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post #3 of 13
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Leghorn
And something red smile Maybe Red Star?

I have small kids so I need kid friendly, but eggs are mucho important
We live in the South East our temps range 20 to 98 degrees

I just want to know from a chicken expert how long on average a chicken lays for...
I've heard 3 years then production begins to taper off... but that was from someone who doesn't have chickens

Currently seeking 6 hens ~ building coop big_smile

TYIA!


Edited by Farmgirl1971 - 1/3/12 at 11:43pm

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Leghorn
And something red smile Maybe a Red Star?


I have been wondering if use of light effects the length of years a hen will lay.

Bantams - Henny& Penny - Black Araucanas, Amber & Jade - Partridge Silkies, Pearl - White Wyandotte, Riva - Barred Rock, Phyllis, WCB Polish.  Maggie Mae - Old Mutt dog, Wilbur the pot bellied pig. Now, what kind of ducks do I need????

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Bantams - Henny& Penny - Black Araucanas, Amber & Jade - Partridge Silkies, Pearl - White Wyandotte, Riva - Barred Rock, Phyllis, WCB Polish.  Maggie Mae - Old Mutt dog, Wilbur the pot bellied pig. Now, what kind of ducks do I need????

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post #5 of 13

3 years and then tapering off is a pretty good estimation, but it can vary. I had a Gold Laced Wyandotte lay well for 4 years then mostly just stopped.

Hens are hatched with tens of thousands of eggs in their ovaries. There is no evidence that lights "burn" them out earlier. Some people do believe it though.

Imp

 

 

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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post #6 of 13

. There is no evidence that lights "burn" them out earlier. Some people do believe it though.

gig   I was just wondering if putting them in hyper lay mode by whatever means would shorten the length of time... like they might lay 600 eggs over three years or over five years..same number total just a dribble instead of a flood...  hu

Bantams - Henny& Penny - Black Araucanas, Amber & Jade - Partridge Silkies, Pearl - White Wyandotte, Riva - Barred Rock, Phyllis, WCB Polish.  Maggie Mae - Old Mutt dog, Wilbur the pot bellied pig. Now, what kind of ducks do I need????

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Bantams - Henny& Penny - Black Araucanas, Amber & Jade - Partridge Silkies, Pearl - White Wyandotte, Riva - Barred Rock, Phyllis, WCB Polish.  Maggie Mae - Old Mutt dog, Wilbur the pot bellied pig. Now, what kind of ducks do I need????

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post #7 of 13
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ok tens of thousands possible? 
and an egg a day 365/yr  ....   
3 years is only 1095 eggs...

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post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Farmgirl1971 

ok tens of thousands possible? 
and an egg a day 365/yr  ....   
3 years is only 1095 eggs...


Lol! Seems like they should lay for decades. lol

Imp


Edited by Imp - 1/4/12 at 12:13am

 

 

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Farmgirl1971 

ok tens of thousands possible? 
and an egg a day 365/yr  ....   
3 years is only 1095 eggs...


Lol! Seems like they should lay for decades. lol

Imp


I know right?
So Im thinking as long as we're lovin' and a hugin' and kissin' the little darlins every single day
Maybe I can coax 'em to lay  longer?
Sweet talk them....

Anyone done an un-scientific test and gotten your hens to lay almost daily for 5 yrs? 6?

~ Stay Blessed,

   FarmGirl1971

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post #10 of 13

I had a 5 year old RSL lay 2-3 eggs a week big_smile Haha

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