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How Many Eggs Per Chicken Does a Laying Hen Produce?

How Many Eggs Per Chicken Does a Laying Hen Produce?

First of all, a laying hen will lay eggs with or without a rooster around. In fact, hens reared in large chicken farms are not fortunate enough to be given the chance. Roosters, you see, are only needed if you want to fertilize the egg so they hatch into cute little chicks that you might want to raise. Farmers that breed  chickens for meat keep roosters so they can grow table chickens. But if you are only keeping laying hens for eggs , you don’t need a rooster.
Laying eggs is a natural process that begins when a pullet (the term used to describe a young hen under 1 year of age) is about six months old. This is an average estimate. Larger breeds start laying when they are older while smaller ones start when they are a bit younger.
A laying hen is most prolific during her first two years after she begins to lay eggs. Thereafter, you will notice a decline in her egg-laying capacity. If you’re running a backyard flock, you can expect your laying hens to continue producing until they’re about seven years old. But that does not mean that they will stop producing after that. Some hens have been known to lay eggs even when they’re 10 or even 12 years old!
In commercial farms, laying hens are slaughtered after their first or second year of laying eggs. When their egg production declines and they do not meet the desired number of eggs that will give the owner profit, it is much more cost-effective to replace them with fresh young hens that are also going to suffer the same fate in a year or two. You have a choice to do the same in your backyard or treat your good old girls as pets and allow them to quietly live their lives in clucking retirement.

Eggs By the Numbers

So how many eggs does a chicken lay? There are a lot of factors that determine how many eggs a chicken can lay. These include the breed of the chicken (chickens crossbred for laying eggs naturally produce more than those that are intended for the table), the season, and their health and diet. However, you can’t expect your laying hens to lay more than two eggs per day. Some extreme chickens have been known to lay one egg per day for the whole year! In most cases, chickens lay low during the winter since they usually conserve their energy to protect themselves from the cold. If you are interested in an annual count, you can expect hens to produce anywhere from 180 to 320 eggs per chicken.
A laying hen’s first season of laying eggs is her most productive. However, after her first molt (when she changes feathers), there will be a bit of a decline in numbers when she starts laying eggs again. The good thing is that eggs produced after molting are bigger and of better quality.

Laying Season and Egg Production

Generally, chickens are free to lay their eggs all year-round. This is usually the case in tropical climates. However, in countries where there are four seasons, hens produce most of their eggs during the spring and early summer. They generally lay fewer eggs in the fall and especially during winter since decrease in daylight hours will also lessen egg production.
If your laying hen matures during the winter, don’t expect her to start laying eggs there and then. In these cases, hens will begin to give you eggs during the spring.

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One Response to How Many Eggs Per Chicken Does a Laying Hen Produce?

  1. Carl says:

    How many eggs does an Ameraucana lay per year based on months?

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