Layer productivity

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wyothom, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. wyothom

    wyothom Hatching

    Jul 23, 2015
    I have about 100 layers to sell eggs at our roadside farm stand. I raise the chicks through the winter, so after 2 years of age, they have layed eggs for 2 full seasons. I have been been rotating them out after 2 years, but wonder how much less productive they would be if I kept them a 3rd season. Input from "seasoned pros" appreciated!
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    The third laying cycle you generally see a decline in number and quality of egg - if pressed to put a number to it I would say a reduction of up to 1/3 when compared to the first (most productive) laying cycle. In a production geared flock *I* would not hold onto them into a third cycle - but they can still be sold off as retired production layers for someone who just wants a few eggs now and again from their birds.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Agrees with OGM......especially if you have high production breeds like sexlinks, leghorns, etc.

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