What is the ballpark estimate?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mendogurl, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. mendogurl

    mendogurl Songster

    Mar 2, 2009
    I know it is an inexact science, but I really am lost about what to expect in terms of egg production.
    Vaguely, how many eggs a week could there be?

    I have 3 Rhode Island Reds
    2 Barred Plymouth's
    2 Easter Eggers
    1 Astralorp

    Thanks everyone !
  2. NancyDz

    NancyDz Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    I would say 35 to 40 a week, that's probably the low end ....

  3. mendogurl

    mendogurl Songster

    Mar 2, 2009
    oh my. What would be the high end guestimate?
  4. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    High end 5-6 a day, low end 2 a day
  5. mendogurl

    mendogurl Songster

    Mar 2, 2009
    Thank you. It really is an inexact science isn't it?
  6. Chicken Lil

    Chicken Lil Songster

    Nov 14, 2008
    I also have eight hens. Two each of leghorns & silkies, and 4 wyndottes. I've been getting five to six eggs a day since they started laying the first week of January. And I've got silkies which are not usually good layers.

    So you may get more than you think. Enjoy!!! [​IMG]
  7. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    The Easter Eggers are the big question mark, in my opinion. They can be variable in all sorts of ways.

    The other 3 are good layers for heritage breeds. I would say that low end would be 50% production and high end would be 85%.

    Eight hens over 7 days at 50% would be 28 egg/week.

    Eight hens over 7 days at 85% would be 48 egg/week.

    My Barred Rocks & Australorps are much closer to high end than low end, thankfully.

    Steve [​IMG]
  8. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    According to Storey's Guide, with most breeds you can expect an average of 2 eggs per 3 hens per day. Doing the math, it comes out to 35-40 eggs a week (37.33 if your hens are able to be that precise).
  9. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Crowing

    Apr 8, 2008
    My McMurray EEs lay 6 eggs each each week. Whew!

    Now that the weather is cold, other hens have slacked off, some aren't laying at all. Those EEs are still laying 5 eggs each a week. Some "slackers!"[​IMG]
  10. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    For estimating purposes, figure they lay 5 out of 7 days, unless you have modern hybrids bred t lay til they burst. Mine average 5 per week (some pretty much seven, others three or four) and I have a real mix of breeds.

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