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how many laying hens to get 2 dozen eggs a day

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by blueseal, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2008
    i know they dont all lay everyday. right now i have 19 laying and im getting 13-17 eggs a day. i want to get a even 2 dozen a day. for my egg selling and personal use. so how many more would i need.
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    15 more is my guess... [​IMG]
  3. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    My birds lay 5 eggs a week each on average. 33 laying hens should give you 2 dozen eggs a day.
  4. NancyinAlaska

    NancyinAlaska Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Willow Alaska
    I have about 40 hens??? and get 18-30 eggs a day. I don't think you will EVER get it to 24 EVERY day.
  5. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    Quote:The OP is probably looking for a average, if she needs to have 2 doz a day regularly she will need to old back a couple days to balance out. But 40 hens is a good number for layers and should take care of her needs, she can always feed back the extras to the layers.
  6. lambchicks

    lambchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2009
    North Carolina
    I think it also might depend on what breed of chicken you have. Some breeds of chickens lay more regularly/ reliably. [​IMG]
  7. smith2

    smith2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2008
    Paris, TN
    Breed is very important. ISA Browns lay about 6-7 eggs a week every week, but most dual purpose about 3-4 eggs a week. We have about 30 ISA's and get about 25-28 eggs a day.
  8. WhetzelMomma

    WhetzelMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2009
    I was going to say that it depends on the breed... I have BO mixes, and they are pretty regular with one a day, so if I had 24 of the same hens, I'd be pretty on target!! lol I'm hoping with an eventual count of laying hens at 18-20 that I'll average a dozen a day. Taking that number, I'd think you'd need at least 30 to expect to get 2 doz/day.
  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    And in winter, you'll need 15 more than that.
  10. chicken nanny

    chicken nanny Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2009
    I have 28 RIR AND get 20 to 26 eggs a day, they are a yr old this month....

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