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How many days in a row can a hen lay?????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SeaChick, May 31, 2008.

  1. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    My favorite hen, an Australorp named Olympia, has given me an egg for 10 days straight now.

    I thought that they laid 7 days and then took a day off..... ????

    She's definitely my strongest layer; we keep a chart of who lays each day (easy to do with just 4 girls!!) and she's always laid the most but never 10 days in a row!!!

    I'm just interested in what others have to say, I guess I was wrong about the 7 day cycle!

    Stacey
     
  2. coopist

    coopist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] Nope, they don't have a 7 day cycle. A good hen may lay for weeks at a time. Mine do. Even in winter.
     
  3. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting related aside, from Wikipedia:

    "In 1900, average egg production was 83 eggs per hen per year. In 2000, it was well over 300."
     
  4. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Thanks!! I guess I though it was that "an egg every 26-28 hours" thing that caused them to lay later and later each day and then take a day off after a week or so.

    Whatever the case, I'm not complaining!! With just 4 layers right now I'll take all the eggs I can get!
     
  5. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This question has led to some interesting Googling:

    "... Australorp chickens hold the world's record for egg production with one hen having laid 364 eggs in 365 days ... in 1922 - 1923 a team of six hens set a world record of 1857 eggs at an average of 309.5 eggs per hen for a 365 consecutive day trial... these figures were achieved without the lighting regimes of the modern intensive shed... Well looked after Australorp chickens lay approximately 250 light-brown eggs per year...."
     
  6. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Australorp chickens hold the world's record for egg production with one hen having laid 364 eggs in 365 days

    Well- Olympia is not quite THAT good, but she's sure a champ layer!! (Although her eggs are a bit smaller than her flock-mates... maybe that is why she's able to lay more than them?)​
     

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