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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jackhowell990, Nov 30, 2011.
Hi, i was just wondering how many eggs welsummers lay a year and the overall opinion of them.
So far this year, my 2 year old welsummer hen (my original hen - I have more now) has laid 158 eggs. She's been in molt for the past month, so she's not laying right now. She normally lays 2 days with 1 day off, then back to 2 days. (breeder quality)
They are friendly birds, but not lap chickens. My rooster is easy on the hens, and a great protector of them. I love the breed and the eggs. (the speckled ones are from my original hen)
Mine is roughly 200-220 eggs a year, give or take. Breeder quality, no hatchery birds here.
If you got yours from a hatchery or was from a hatchery stock, production would be a bit higher.
Mine seems to be 2 days on, one day off as well. She's only been laying a month or so now but she is very consistent and has had perfect eggs from day one!
Our Welsummer pullet lays 6 eggs, then takes 1 day off, since she started to lay in May. I am actually surprised that she lays that many. Gorgeous very dark chocolate eggs with speckles, still a bit smallish, but getting larger every week now.
Like everyone stated, it depends on where you get them from. I had 8 that I got from Meyer Hatchery & could not say exactly how many they laid. I know they had nice dark eggs, but took 4 months off every year to molt & molted the first year after only 11 months of laying & the same the second year. They were probably the worst chickens I ever had in that respect. Mine were also some of the meanest chickens I ever had in 22 years. Don't know if that is the norm or Meyer had terrible Welsummers!
Our Welsummers are from a local breeder who uses them to breed Caramel Queens (Cinnamon Queens) sexlinks. They are the friendliest lap chickens, and always at the bottom of the pecking order.