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When in the year do chickens stop laying?
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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?

Thanks

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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.

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Kathyis6incheshigh · 01/05/2009 14:19

Thanks Paranoidmother.
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!

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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

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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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