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Egg FAQ

How many eggs will my hens lay?

On the average, 3 hens will give you 2-3 eggs a day. That means to get a dozen eggs a day, you would need a maximum 18 hens in a chicken coop.

Should I wash the eggs my hens lay?

This argument rages forever - Some wash theirs scrubby sponge and cold water, others use anti-bac soap, others claim you are washing off the "bloom" and letting bacteria INTO the egg by doing that. It really comes down to personal preference.

What is the difference between a bantam egg and a regular egg?

A bantam egg is smaller. Nutritionally there is no difference.

How long do chickens lay eggs?

Chickens usually don't simply "stop" laying eggs when they get to a certain age, but they will lay fewer as they get older. That said, most laying breeds will lay more or less productively in backyard terms for five or seven years.

When will my hens start to lay eggs?

Most hens start to lay around 4-6 months of age, more or less. However, for various reasons (time of year, temperature, etc.) they may wait until the next Spring to start laying eggs.

How do you tell what colour eggs a hen will lay?

You can tell by the colour of the earlobes in general. A white lobed hen will lay white eggs, while a red lobed hen will lay brown eggs.

Will my hens lay eggs if I don't have a rooster?

Yes a hen is an egg laying machine all by herself. You do not need a rooster at all. A rooster is only necessary for a hen to lay fertile eggs.

When do I get eggs?

A pullet (a young hen) will lay her first egg when she is roughly 4-6 months depending on the breed and the hen herself. Then a good layer will lay one egg a day--never any more. Many hens will lay only about 4-5 eggs a week.