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When in the year do chickens stop laying?
Kathyis6incheshigh · 01/05/2009 13:32
I'm just wondering because one of dh's colleagues who keeps chickens is going to be selling us half a dozen eggs a week and I'm wondering how long we can expect this to carry on for.
Thing is, the eggs are gorgeous but I am pg right now (due in mid October) so I don't get to experience them soft-boiled, fried, in home-made mayonnaise etc. Is she still going to have an egg surplus by the end of October, do you reckon?
paranoidmother · 01/05/2009 14:13
Chickens can lay between 200-300 eggs a year I think. They mostly will slow down/stop laying during the winter but some continue through the winter and stop end of winter beginning of spring.
You should be fine for having 6 a week as they'll probably lay 4-6 a week on good weeks and 2-4 a week on slower weeks per chicken.
Kathyis6incheshigh · 01/05/2009 14:19
So in the winter they should be laying about half as many as now? Whether we get any will depend on how many people are ahead of us in the queue, I think!
ihatethecold · 02/05/2009 13:50
it depends on the breed. a hybrid will lay about 300 a year but some pure breeds lay about half that
hmc · 07/05/2009 22:38
My pure breeds are rubbish. They stop in October and don't get going again until April.
My hybrids - too early to say. They only reached sexual maturity recently....
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