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

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    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

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    15 more is my guess... [​IMG]
     
  3. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    And in winter, you'll need 15 more than that.
     
  10. chicken nanny

    chicken nanny Out Of The Brooder

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

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