Originally Posted by KDOGG331
That makes sense and I think it's nice of you
but oh wow, I hadn't realized it was so slow. Though I thought a lot of birds dropped off after a few years or not really? But yeah, I'm hoping they lay nice eggs
I don't consider blue-gene egg Amer's, EE's, Araucanas, or Cream Legbars as egg-layers. To me these are "novelty" breeds and not exactly considered production birds but they lay pretty eggs for the short time they do. True production breeds like Australorp, White or Brown Leghorn, Barred Rock, RIR, NHR, etc are usually the non-broody heritage breeds and CAN lay upwards of 300 in their pullet year (although mine never did that much except for one White Leghorn). Thereafter it is expected that production breeds will lay 20% less eggs each year thereafter. Example, 1st year 300 eggs, 2nd year 240 eggs, 3rd year 192 eggs, etc etc. Sexlinks lay so much their pullet year that they are exhausted after their 2nd year - that's why so many are discarded as battery hens by the poultry industry.
If you start out with an Amer or EE that lays only 5 or 6 months their pullet year that gives you an idea of how much lower their 2nd year of laying will be. Our friend had an EE that didn't lay at all her 2nd year. The Farmers Market seller won't invest in any more EEs because most of the birds are in the freezer by their 2nd year. For the amount of $$$ it cost me to get a pure Ameraucana for guaranteed blue eggs it wasn't worth the investment. The only reason we keep her in the flock is because she is a sweet non-combative flockmate and who knows? Maybe she'll give us 3 eggs next year like she did this year?