New at this and curious how many eggs to expect

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nietz, Apr 28, 2017.

  1. Nietz

    Nietz Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2017
    New England
    Hi, This is my first go around with chickens and I've got 8 all together, 2 barred rocks, 3 tetra browns and 3 leghorns BUT I am pretty sure one of the leghorns is a rooster because its starting to get what my daughter calls "pretty feathers on his butt" and I am thinking it may be a rooster, we'll see I guess.

    Anywho, they are 8 weeks old now and I was looking at them this afternoon and thinking "what a bunch of free loaders" and started thinking about how many eggs I can realistically expect once they start laying assuming that I have 7 hens.

    So, any of you more seasoned folks have a guess at what a new guy can expect for eggs per day? per week? of course I understand anything would be educated guesses but I'm curious and in the spirit of trying to be active on the forums I thought I'd ask.

    2 barred rocks
    2 leghorns (assuming the one is a rooster)
    3 Tetra browns.

    What say you?

  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    First year, perhaps 5 - 6 eggs/week/bird in the summer months. If you don't provide a light in the winter, you might only see 2 - 3 eggs/week TOTAL during the winter.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    LG's egg estimate is good.

    8 weeks is too young for pretty butt feathers(haha!)
    8 week old cockerel should be obvious with larger/redder comb and wattles(by 6 weeks actually).

    Best of cLuck!!
  4. Nietz

    Nietz Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2017
    New England
    That's a lot of eggs! :) Thanks for the replies guys.

    No red on them and all 3 look the same hmmm perhaps they are all hens after all ;)

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