How many chickens do I need to get at least 9 eggs weekly?
I am considering purchasing a chicken coop for my sons. They like eggs and I heard that raising chickens for eggs is cost effective and easy to do. Nine eggs weekly would be fine because I do not want to have too many chickens. I am not sure how many chickens would produce this amount.
A hen takes about 20 hours/24 hours to produce an egg IF FED ENOUGH OF THE RIGHT FOOD - protein especially is important to keep the shells strong and the bird healthy. You can give supplements too and other scraps.
I'd say you'll need at least 7 healthy hens of the right age. If they're too old they won't produce consistently good eggs, too young and they won't be ready for steady production.
If you buy hens who are already of age you could easily get 7-14 eggs from two hens a week. 3 hens would pretty much guarantee this as long as they are being fed the right diet. Again, don't buy chicks, buy full grown laying hens. My sons love their chickens.
Thanks for that answer. So with your own experience 3 hens would be fine. That's great because I really would not want to have more than a few to care for.
We have 3. One for each child and get plenty. I have noticed though the kids who only liked eggs a little before have began eating them a lot more now that they are involved in gathering them. Fun! 3 is plenty!
I do not know of any hen that can defy the laws of nature and produce an egg in less than 24 hours; it usually takes more like 26 hours.
Peeples answer is fine. If you really only want 9 eggs a week 3 hens are plenty, but you will probably end up with over a dozen per week. If you have extra, give them to a neighbor!
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