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

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Farmgirl1971, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Farmgirl1971

    Farmgirl1971 Out Of The Brooder

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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!
     
  2. PixieChixie

    PixieChixie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since you seem to have an idea, what breeds are you considering?
     
  3. Farmgirl1971

    Farmgirl1971 Out Of The Brooder

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    Leghorn
    And something red [​IMG] 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 [​IMG]

    TYIA!
     
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  4. cottagechick

    cottagechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    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
     
  6. cottagechick

    cottagechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    [​IMG] 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... [​IMG]
     
  7. Farmgirl1971

    Farmgirl1971 Out Of The Brooder

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

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Lol! Seems like they should lay for decades. [​IMG]

    Imp
     
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  9. Farmgirl1971

    Farmgirl1971 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Lol! Seems like they should lay for decades. [​IMG]

    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?
     
  10. rirbrahma

    rirbrahma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a 5 year old RSL lay 2-3 eggs a week [​IMG] Haha
     

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