Saturday, February 7, 2015
Some of our laying hens will be 3 years old this spring. And they have gotten VERY lazy! What I am referring to is their natural slow-down in egg production. Actually, this is one of the major things that prospective chicken owners MUST (and usually don't) consider when making decisions about purchasing chickens.
Hens will produce a great supply of eggs for you for the first 2 years or so, then they have a significant decline each year thereafter. Each breed will have different productivity levels, so do your homework before choosing a breed. I chose the type of chickens that we have for very specific purposes; most of the breeds that I have were chosen because they are considered "dual purpose." This means that they can be used as layers and/or as meat birds. I wanted a bird that would give us good egg production and then provide food for our table when they slowed down.