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

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

  1. Ma

    Ma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?

    TIA
    Ma
     
  2. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Premium Member

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.

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  5. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    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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