8 + 1 Buff Orpingtons (8 hens, 1 rooster). They are almost 7 months old. Wikipedia states a hen will lay 175 to 200 eggs a year. Roughly that translates to a egg every other day. So with 8 hens I should be averging 4 eggs a day. Mine have been laying 4 a day for about a month. Then 5 days in a row 5 eggs each day, back to 4 eggs for a few days then 1 egg, now 2 days in a row 6 eggs each day. They are getting about a total of 9 hours of light a day. First snow of the season this morning. Why so many eggs?