How many laying hens to supply a family??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rolffamily, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. rolffamily

    rolffamily Songster

    Apr 25, 2010
    I thought I was doing good with 4 laying GLW pullets. I get about 2 eggs per day, which seems to be standard for that breed. For some reason it just isn't enough. I don't know if it's the novelty of having home raised eggs that makes us eat more or what. I do try to stockpile to give to my 2 sons, but it's like I never have enough to go round. Please don't tell me I need more chickens. I planned and built for 4.

  2. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    At least 2 hens per family member.
  3. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    How old are your GLWs? It may be that they're old and pass their prime laying. If they are young (less than 18 months), then you really only have four options...

    1) Trade your four GLWs for a higher egg production breed such as Rhode Island Red.
    2) Expand or build more housing and get more chickens.
    3) Buy eggs from a good source once in a while.
    4) Eat fewer eggs, LOL.
  4. swimmer

    swimmer Songster

    Aug 17, 2010
    Wait it out until spring/summer and see if that number picks up at all.
  5. BWKatz

    BWKatz Songster

    May 22, 2010
    I agree with Cowgirl. My leghorn and EE are laying daily but my Polish I don't expect to. Most breeds don't lay daily. Sorry .. if u just love these chickens, u'll just have to buy some eggs.
  6. wsdareme

    wsdareme Songster

    Mar 9, 2010
    Yelm, WA

    Sorry, I think we all started out planning and building for fewer than we eventually end up with. I "planned and built" for 12, well, okay, we built for a lot more. But I did not intend to have 26 chickens (now down to 21). Are you sure you don't want to just add on the current coop and get the number of chickens you need to enjoy all the eggs you can eat? [​IMG]
  7. lauriej57

    lauriej57 Chirping

    Sep 17, 2010
    Southwest Michigan
    Your hens are laying fine, with 4, you should get 2 to 3 eggs per day. The rule of thumb is that they lay every 25 hours, and they skip a day here or there.

    How many are in your family. How many eggs a day would you like to have. For just me and my hubby, I would probably have 5 hens. I would expect 2 to 4 eggs a day, which we eat most orf the time, but not every day, so that would give us a little build up for the days we don't eat any.

  8. caspernc

    caspernc Songster

    Oct 15, 2010
    Z town NC
    I don't know yet , but I think this is what is called chicken math.[​IMG].
  9. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    2 hens per family member.
    Family of
    4-- 8-10 hens
    6-12-15 hens
    and so forth.

    Depends, really, how many egg you consume, and if you sell extras or not.
  10. Uzuri

    Uzuri Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    This time of year, 100 hens wouldn't be enough to support my family :p We quite simply use too many eggs (something like 20 dozen between Thanksgiving and Christmas; right in the worst time of the year for home-raised eggs)

    But in the heavy laying season, 6 did us just fine (there are 5 of us). With 8 I'm hoping to have enough extra to freeze for next winter.

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