When do hen's start laying at 'top production' in the Spring?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by janelle18, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. janelle18

    janelle18 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    My Coop
    Hi everyone,
    I am hoping someone who has been in the game for a while will be able to help me out here! I am wondering when hens typically start laying at full production? I have had lights on all winter, so have been getting a good amount of eggs from all my hens, but when is the peak laying time? I am starting to sell eggs for hatching and chicks and I want to know when the best time to start this is!

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Every flock is different, but mine do a natural winter rest. I replace layers at the 2 and 3 year old mark so with a mix of 1-3 year old active layers, "peak" for me starts mid march, with a second "peak" when the replacement layers start laying in september.

    My low is always nov-feb, as only first year layers lay during winter.

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