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

    Dec 16, 2011
    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

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    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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