How many eggs will I get?

The answer is, it depends. Now if you don’t already know, not all hens are created equal. 

There are many different heritage breeds to choose from that lay eggs of varying sizes and colours. From pure white to pink, green, blue, light brown, dark brown and terracotta red.  On top of that, each breed produces a different amount of eggs per year, but just take that number as a rough guide. If that isn’t confusing enough you can also get commercial hybrid hens that can lay over 300 white or brown large eggs a year, approximately 6 eggs a week.

So the question should be what colour, size and amount of eggs would you like.

Which breed should I get?

When I started out I got 4 commercial birds (Red Sex-Linked) that gave me two dozen large brown eggs a week. If the amount of eggs is your main concern, get commercial hens, they’re incredible little girls and lay like clockwork. 

If the number of eggs isn’t that important to you, check out some of the stunning heritage breeds available.  So they might only lay 150 eggs a year, that’s not a problem, just have a few more hens to make up the egg production. 

Check out Henderson’s Handy Dandy Chicken Chart, it’s a list of more than 50 Heritage Breeds with comparative information. I have found it very useful and have spent hours comparing breeds.

My heritage birds laid well in spring, summer and early fall, but would stop laying during the cold weather. I believe the reason they stopped was my coop wasn’t heated. Now I have 20 commercial Red Sex-Linked birds in a heated coop and I got 18 to 20 eggs a day through the winter.

How many eggs will I get?

So now you know, it depends on what breed/type of bird you choose. So educate yourself on the breeds that take your fancy, make a plan and try to stick to it. Good Luck.