Q: How many eggs does one hen lay per day?
A: This depends on: the time of year; the breed of the hen; the diet of the hen; the age of the hen; and, how the hen is looked after. Most of the standard breeds of chickens that have been selected through the years for egg production will lay between 180 – 320 eggs per year for their first year of laying. On one extreme, there are records of hens averaging an egg a day for over a year. The rate of laying tapers in the second year and beyond, until it may only take place during the spring. Some of the breeds that haven’t been selected for egg production (selected for show, or other qualities, instead) may only lay eggs in the spring and early summer. Appropriate feed mixtures also stimulate egg production. Provide 14 to 16 hours of light for hens to lay regularly. One hen can only lay, at the most, seven eggs per week while most chickens lay fewer. A hen which lays one egg every day is a very good layer.
Q: Do you have to have a rooster for a hen to lay eggs?
A: No. Without a rooster, hens will still lay eggs. There are no roosters to be found at all the chicken farms, where most eggs come from. If you don’t have a rooster, the eggs can’t be fertile, and won’t hatch.
Q: What is a pecking order?
A: is the colloquial term for a hierarchical system of social organization in chickens. Yes it’s true, chickens, at least in small flocks, fight for the position of dominance and superiority in the flock by pecking the other birds. This ensures they get the best food and water.
Q: How long do hens lay eggs?
A: Egg productivity diminishes after the first year. It is still good the second year, but then declines rapidly. At about three or four years, production is not very efficient. Most commercial and farm hens are culled after their second season of laying.
Q: What Is A Dustbath?
A: Chickens like to have a dustbath from time to time. Getting the dust (or dry soil) between their feathers helps them to get rid of parasites (lice for example) naturally. If your chickens are let out to free range from time to time, they will usually find somewhere with dry soil and make themselves a dustbath. If they are enclosed in a run, it can be a help to them if you supply a covered box or area for them to dustbath.
Q: How long to chickens live?
A: Chickens can live anywhere from 5 – 10 years depending on the breed and quality of life provided.
A: No, there are important differences. Organically raised hens are never given hormones, antibiotics or pesticides. Free-range chicken producers have no regulations associated with production methods. They are free to use antibiotics, hormones, and non-organic feeds. Both organically raised and free-range chickens have access to the outdoors and are never kept in confinement cages.
Q: How long does it take for a chick to hatch?
A: Usually around 21 days depending on the breed.
Q: What is the difference between white and brown eggs?
A: The main difference is in the breed of chicken. Nutritionally, the eggs are usually the same. This depends on feeding and management.
Q: My hens are eating eggs. What do I do?
A: Hens will eat broken eggs if they find them. Hens keep an eye on each other, and when one finds food, others crowd in. In this way, egg-eating can spread through a flock. Hens do not normally consider unbroken eggs to be edible, but if they have anything stuck to them, such as smears of yolk from another egg, they’ll peck at that. Sometimes hens learn to break eggs on purpose this way.
To reduce egg-eating, you should: Provide darkened nests. Hens do not like to eat in the dark, and they are less active in the dark. They break fewer eggs moving around in the nest boxes, and if they do break one, they’re less likely to eat it. Use large nest boxes with a small door. In ordinary nest boxes, two or three hens will jam themselves into a nest meant for one, and this breaks a lot of eggs. Roomier nests lead to less breakage. Use deeper litter. This will prevent the litter from being scratched out of the nest and fewer eggs will be broken. Collect eggs frequently. Provide one nest for every four hens. Avoid overcrowding. Provide the right feed rations. Deficiencies can lead to thin-shelled eggs.
Q: What breed of chicken lays the largest and the most eggs?
A: Rhode Island Reds and Sussex are noted as the pure breed that lays most eggs (around 260 per year) and for quite a long time! Most hybrids will probably match or even exceed that number as they are bred to produce eggs but for a shorter life span. Some of the latest hybrids are geared up to lay 300-320 eggs per year. Black Rocks lay about 330 per year and the 2nd year eggs are pretty large.
Q: My roosters spurs are removing all the feathers on my the back of my hens. Is there a safe way to remove his spurs?
A: You can trim and file down the spurs to remove the sharp points.
Q: How many hobby poultry keepers are there in the UK?
A: It is estimated that there are about 250,000 to 350,000 hobby poultry keepers. Domestic poultry keeping is a growing hobby.