How many eggs do your chickens lay a week?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by akirkley, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. akirkley

    akirkley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got 4 RIR, 3 Barred Rocks, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, and 3 EE. I read online that EE only lay like 3 eggs a week, but I got 4 blue eggs combined yesterday and today... meaning one of them laid yesterday and today. Our hens first started laying last week. We are getting about 4 eggs a day from my other hens, so roughly 5-6 eggs a day for the past 3 days. Here's my biggest question - how many eggs a week can I expect from my Barred Rocks and my Silver Laced Wyandotte?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    It depends. You may get 6 or 7 in good laying periods, like the spring, but they may stop entirely in the winter. Mine slow down in the heat of summer, but don't stop. My Black Australorps lay all year but the others don't.

    I have 8 hens, not counting the broodies, and got 5 yesterday, 6 the day before. Some of mine are past their first big molt so should have probably slowed down, but in the spring without broodies I was getting 8 or 9 a day. Barred Rocks often come close to an egg a day in good periods, but I don't think SLW's usually do that well.
     
  3. akirkley

    akirkley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! We live in south Mississippi so I'm hoping my girls won't slow down much in winter - our winters are pretty mild. And I'm thinking the heat hasn't affected them - they are laying great and we've been under heat advisory for the past few days (100 degrees + here...) I didn't realize that the BR would lay that often. I thought they were 3-5 a week.. Not upset though!
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    My RIR and EE lay an egg for 12-14 days before taking a break. I counted their eggs for a full year and my one EE laid a couple more then the RIR. Both are very large jumbo eggs. Those two breeds have not rested in their egg laying since they started.

    I heard the strong layers like this may stop laying in the future. It doesn't matter to us, they are our pets before production.
     
  5. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Reduction in rate of laying has to do with the length of the days, not temps. As the days get shorter they will lay less, it doesn't necessarily have to be colder. In case of excessive heat -- that will cause them to slow down.

    Averages per breed do vary considerably. I have 11 laying hens (3 dominiques, 3 black australorps, 3 welsumers and 2 gold laced wyandottes). In the spring they laid on average 9 eggs a day, now they've slowed down because of the heat and I'm getting about 5-7 a day.
     

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