I'm cornfused...too many eggs!?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by The Lazy L, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2012
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Because they are young. Next fall, they will molt and will not be laying for roughly 3 months. Also as they age, they slow down. Peak production is the first 2 years - then they start slowing down. Some hens slow down more than others. I have almost 4 year old hens and some of them aren't laying, some are only laying a couple eggs a week and a couple are still producing 5 a week.
     

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