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How accurate is My Pet Chicken when they say how much a chicken lays?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Roosterboy, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. Roosterboy

    Roosterboy Songster

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    And when they say 1/wk does this mean any week or is this an average for the year including winter/ going broody/ sickness?

    Can i increase egg production?

    Thanks [​IMG]
     

  2. BJ

    BJ Songster

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    What specific breed are you looking into? We can tell you from experience depending on what you are wanting...
     
  3. Roosterboy

    Roosterboy Songster

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    I just meant in general

    How do they come up with the amount? Is it the average for the year?

    Specifically i was thinking of EE's, silkies, brahmas, red sexlinks, australorps, and faverolles

    Sorry i wrote so many breeds
     
  4. americana-chick

    americana-chick Songster

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    only 1 a week? i get 1 from each hen a day! lol
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Here's a better source than a hatchery's website to find out general information about breeds:

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    If you'll look across the chart at the color and size of eggs for each breed, you'll also see alot of eggs in one pile for some breeds, only a few eggs in the pile for others. That's to give you an indication whether they are prolific layers or so-so layers.

    I go to a hatchery website to look at the pictures of the birds and to see what they have available. I don't think you should decide what breed you want by looking at one hatchery's website. The hatchery is in business to sell lots of chicks, just like a car dealer is in the business to sell lots of their cars. Of course the hatchery is going to emphasize the good points to a breed and downplay the negatives.

    By the way, I once used MPC's breed selector to find the breed that's "just right for me" because I was bored one night. Turns out I wouldn't own any of the breeds that they recommended. [​IMG]
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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