Your chicks are now old enough that they are beginning to lay eggs but you may wonder “How many eggs are normal” in the realm of chicken egg laying?
There isn’t an easy answer to that question because how many eggs are normal for your laying chickens will depend on a number of things.
Chicken egg laying is heavily dependent on the breed of chickens that you purchased. If you are expecting to get one egg every single day from every single chicken, you will most probably be disappointed. Most chicken breeds will not lay eggs that consistently and prolifically for you. If you are interested in getting a large number of eggs, you need to pick the breed of chicken you get very carefully.
What is considered to be normal “chicken egg laying” for your hens will also depend on the age of your chickens. Keep in mind that most hens will lay the most eggs they will ever lay during their first year or two of laying. As your hens get older, they will lay fewer eggs and they will not lay eggs as consistently as they did when they were younger. But the flip side of this is that older hens typically lay large, better quality eggs. Older hens are also less likely to get diseases than younger hens.
Chicken egg laying is dependent on the time of year and the weather. All chickens will lay more eggs and will lay more consistently during warmer weather and the longer days that come with it. During the cold winter months and during periods of extreme heat don’t be surprised if you don’t get any eggs at all. At best, egg laying will be sporadic and you will only get an egg here and there. This is perfectly normal and there is usually nothing wrong with your chickens. Moulting can also cause your chickens to lay fewer eggs than normal.
The number of eggs your chickens lay is also heavily dependent on how healthy your chickens are. If your hens experience a severe drop in production all of a sudden, then something may be wrong with them. Inspect the legs and feet of your chickens carefully for scales that are raised or swollen because mites could be your problem. If you notice that your chickens are molting (losing a lot of feathers)
Even if you have breeds that are considered to be laying chickens, they will not lay if they are kept in an area that is too crowded or an area that is not clean. You may have to build additional chicken coops and chicken runs so that you can split up your flock. Also keep your chicken coop and run as clean as possible to prevent chicken health problems from occurring and to keep your flock happy.
These are just a few important considers when trying to judge what is the true chicken egg laying ability of your flock.