Chickens come in all different shapes and sizes. Some lay brown eggs and others lay green eggs.
How many eggs does a chicken lay? Is like asking how long is a piece of string.
There are 100’s of breeds of chickens ranging from less than 100 to 320 eggs a year.
All of our breeds have been carefully selected for their desirable traits and of course, egg laying capacity is one of them. Generally our birds will lay between 280 & 320 eggs per annum.
A chickens laying capacity is directly affected by how they are cared for. This starts at the hatchery and continues throughout the time that the birds spend on our farms. Subtle differences such as adding a little bit of grit to their diets and a clean environment make all the difference. It is very important that you are always very thorough when choosing your poultry provider.
Did you know that using the right lighting program can increase a hens laying capacity by 27 eggs per year!
Rhode Island Reds are renowned for their egg laying ability, capable of lying over 300 eggs per year however, their laying lifetime is very short and often only lay for 12 to 18 months.
Our coloured hens on the other hand who will lay 20 – 30 less eggs per year than the Rhode Island Red will lay for 2 to 3 years as they don’t get burnt out so quickly. They can use the extra energy to nourish themselves and stay in top shape for quiet a long period of time.