How many eggs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lil Bit Farms2, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. Lil Bit Farms2

    Lil Bit Farms2 New Egg

    Oct 25, 2013
    My friend was told by someone at the chicken auction that every chicken has 240 eggs.
    Once they lay those 240 eggs, whether it take a year or 2 years they will then be done, and never lay another egg.
    I tried to tell her that there are laying chickens that lay more than that in one year but I guess someone else confirmed that what she was saying was true. How can I convince her this is false....or am I wrong?

    Thanks, LeAnne
  2. kelck22

    kelck22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2013
    mukilteo, wa
    My leghorn has given me 6-7 eggs a week for two years. Even during molt she lays.

    My sister in law had a chicken that on average layed 4 eggs a week and she layed until she died when she was 6.
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] some people just won't allow facts to cloud their judgement
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! How about as an example one of the biggest egg laying chicken breeding companies in the world, ISA. Between 18 and 90 weeks of age they expect their many strains of laying hens to average around 400 eggs each.
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! How many eggs a hen will lay in her lifetime depends on the breed first of all, some lay only 60 to 120 in there lifetime, some prolific layers will lay 300 or more eggs in their first laying year, 200 the second year and 120 for the next three years, slowing down each year thereafter until they run out of egg cells. It also depends how long the hen lives, i.e. how long she's given. Many people process older hens as soon as they stop laying regularly, but hens can continue laying for many years, if given the chance. I've heard of a hen (A Buff Orpington cross) that still laid the odd egg aged 17 years! Factory farmed hens may well average between 300 and 400 eggs in their lifetime as they get slaughtered as soon their egg production slows down. Many people rescue and rehabilitate these "spent" layers and find they continue laying for a few more years, though not as frequently as they did during their peak.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2013
  7. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    look in any hatchery book and you will see where a black australorp holds the world record of 364 eggs in 365 days. they all advertise this.
    Welcome and enjoy!

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