Egg Production in Backyard Chickens

Courtesy of Wrangler Network contributor Scoop from the Coop

One of the most obvious benefits of raising backyard chickens is the eggs you get. But how does the laying cycle work? And how many eggs will a chicken lay in her lifetime? Learn answers to these and other questions from Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart in this video!

Helpful tips:

• Chickens will start laying at around 20 – 24 weeks of age, depending on the breed
• Most hens will lay their best in the first three seasons of life
• Most standard laying breeds will lay around 250 – 300 eggs per year
• Providing artificial light enables you to get eggs from hens year-round
• Stress and dehydration can cause hens to stop laying