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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nikischicks, Nov 19, 2010.
How many eggs are you still getting from them average?
My two year old girls lay approx. 4/5 eggs per week, even in their third years the girls are laying good (well good for me). My older girls are: EE, Large fowl Cochin, bantam cochin, all in their third year.
Ok, my bantam cochin is not a GREAT layer. She lays for approx. 2 weeks and then goes broody but she is a FANTASTIC mother.
my 2 tear RIR gives me an egg a day unless she is molting
My LF brahmas are 2 1/2 years old. They are just finishing up a molt and haven't resumed laying yet.
However, during their second laying season they laid better than they did their first year. I averaged 4 eggs a week from each hen their first year, 5 to 6 eggs a week their second.
My sex links produced a considerable amount less towards the end of their second year, and finally stopped producing altogether. Funny thing is they still sit in the nest at some point in the day, as if they are still going to lay. Silly little dinosaurs..
Mine are RIR's and they are 2 1/2 years old. I have given up on them as egg layers. Out of 12 birds I am happy to see one egg.... I know people on here swear their chickens lay well for years- but that surely was not my experience... Luckily I ended up getting chicks this summer- or I would have had to buy those awful things they call "eggs" in the grocery store! Just butchered my first old girl, yesterday. I thanked her for all the beautiful eggs she laid and I'll thank her again, when I eat her.
My hatchery-stock girls are a few months shy of 2 years old, and they're laying at the same rate they did in the beginning. But, honestly, I'm expecting my non-hatchery girls to last a lot longer.