04 February 2012
Of Roosters and Eggs
We now have eight hens of laying age and are getting 6+ eggs every day. Ours are less than a year old, so they haven't yet reached their prime. Before the last four began laying, we had two very good layers - an egg each every day - and two less than perfect layers - at least one egg per day combined. Since the Rhode Island Reds are brown egg layers, it's easy to tell which ones are theirs. There have been no more than five days that we have not gotten two eggs from the two hens since they started laying in early November. Our other hens are bantams, and white so it's hard to tell the difference between their eggs, but they definitely don't lay a regular as the RIRs.
Whether it's their age, or the extra light, or the roosters, we really won't know everything that factors in to egg production, but I thought it was a good thing to try to figure out.