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too many eggs - overachievers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by goddesses, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. goddesses

    goddesses In the Brooder

    Jul 3, 2008
    I have 6 beautiful wyandottes. They didnt start laying until they were 26 weeks old - Thanksgiving Day!

    Well, we have gotten 6 eggs everyday since then. Everything you read says one egg/chicken every 36 to 48 hours.

    We have a light on a time that goes on at night to insure 15 hours of light for laying. Should we give them less light? We dont want them to be all egged out in a year!

  2. what was i thinking

    what was i thinking Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    cny ny
    wow, those are some amazing birds.
  3. blueskylen

    blueskylen Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    I have a few that are laying every day, while the others are not laying every day, and they are all about the same age as yours. we use only a red heat lamp at night - i worried too about keeping a light on at night.
    I think it is just the way some chickens are, and they may slow down as they get older.
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I have no light on my girls, other than the short daylight- and I currently have 11 DOZEN eggs! That's after scrambling hundreds for the chickens, the dogs, poor DH..... trying to sell, but in this rural area they think $2.00 is too much- huh? That's what they pay for white ones in the store! I am losing my mind over eggs- not to mention the fridge space!

    Depending upon where you are, you might want to let them slow down a bit, by shortening the schedule. There are lots of people here who know more than I! [​IMG]
  5. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    I'm over run with eggs too-20 dozen! I didn't expect the pullets to lay this winter. My hens are Black and Brown sex links but the pullets are mutts. My customers are not keeping up and neither are we. It's better than having to go buy eggs though! I think with the really cold weather we are having I'm going to serve them up some nice warm scrambled eggs for their treat today!
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2009
  6. summerb76

    summerb76 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Lake Como, Florida
    Too many?.....I wish I had that problem. I just sold my first dozen to a friend, she "donated" $1.50. They are still rather small in size so I was happy to sell them for that. Today was my record for eggs....8 so far and I know my EE will most likely lay today too. I love it!
  7. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Songster

    Sep 30, 2008
    Quote:Is it safe to give them eggs? I am not berating or anything like that, I am just curious.

    Mike D
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2009
  8. carousel

    carousel Songster 10 Years

    Jan 31, 2008
    NW Oregon
    I'm getting 1 or 2 or 3 eggs at MOST a day from my 6 that SHOULD be laying 1 just started molting 2 are getting over their molt geesh <G> last 6 days have been 1 egg a day!
    looking forward to longer days!
  9. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    I would be reluctant to put the hens on a "decreasing" light schedule. You may just move them to the opposite problem - zero eggs.

    There are infections and other risks with high egg production. Constant laying can also deplete their bodies. However, they have more egg-producing potential than will ever be realized, even with a long life.

    Most of the follicles in their ovaries, unlike with some animals, will never develop into ova. There are thousands and thousands.

    The hen stops laying for reasons other than "running out" of eggs - or so the poultry scientists tell us.

    We are blessed with an artificial selection for egg production that has been going on for many, many years. The wild chicken produces a fraction of what the domestic hen is capable of.

    I think the best we can do for them is to try our darnest to give them good care and everything that their bodies require. They are doing their best for us.

  10. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Quote:Is it safe to give them eggs? I am not berating or anything like that, I am just curious.

    Mike D

    Yes, it's safe to give them cooked eggs. If you boil them make sure to mash them up so that they don't look like an egg as that could lead to egg eating (in the nest, not when you give it to them).

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