Eggs per Hen per Week....After Molt?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ma, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. Ma

    Ma Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Camanche, Iowa
    My pullets (age 7 months) are all laying 1 egg per hen per day. (Even in our below zero temperatures, God Bless them).

    When will they have their first molt, and how will this affect egg production?

    I was told after they molt, they will lay only 1 egg per hen per week. Is this true?

  2. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    I am surprised they are laying 1 per day, every day? Mine skip a day or two a week.

    They will not lay more than one per day since it take 24 hours or more to produce an egg.

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  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    one egg per hen per week? Nah. They may skip a day or two per week, but they will still produce almost as well as before the molt, in general.
  4. Ma

    Ma Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Camanche, Iowa
    Thank you for the replies! Most appreciated. I didn't think production would fall that much....this source was iffy at best.

    And oh yes. My girls are laying everyday, its amazing. I collect eggs all day. Some start as soon as dawn, and others thru till dusk. Its quite possible I suppose that one who lays early one day, lays late the next, giving her the aforementioned 24 hours in between. But since I keep count, I know if one misses a day, which, as stated, happens rarely.

    I adore my girls, if they never laid another egg, they would still be worth gold for all the enjoyment (and therapy [​IMG]) they provide for me.

  5. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    It does depend somewhat on the breed, however you should still be collecting eggs most days. My hens have went through 2 molts and are laying prolly 5 eggs weekly each and these are 3 year old birds. Usually you will see larger eggs from the hens after a molt when they are no longer pullets.


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