Rate of egg production

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jhough, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. jhough

    jhough Hatching

    Aug 29, 2011
    In the Breeds Search it asks about rate of production. What is the difference between high, medium, low?

    And what does being broody mean?
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2011
  2. Hi Jhough

    Being broody is when a hen wants to sit on eggs and hatch out chicks. During her setting she will stop laying eggs.

    I think that the High Medium and Low production targets what the 'average' hen will lay -- such as 250 eggs per year. If the hen exceeds that she will be considered a high producer and if her egg total is below that average she would be considered lower. Some breeds are raised specifically for egg production --especially crossed breeds (hybrids) such as Golden Comets, Black Sex-links, Red Stars and Production Reds. There are numerous names for the various hybrids too so that adds a layer of confusion. Some breeds are raised for their visual appeal or feathering, and the raisers don't concern themselves about egg production.

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