Pickin' A Chicken 2014 - Page 19

is only necessary if you want fertilized eggs for hatching. Lay rates will vary from season to season and will also depend on feed, free range time, and flock health. In other words, there’s no way to predict exactly how many eggs your chickens will lay. However, it is possible to give a general guideline, which is what I have done here. If it is stated that a chicken is an excellent layer, it could lay anywhere from 5-7 eggs per week. If the breed is listed as a good layer, it could lay 3-5 per week. A fair layer lays 2-3 per week and a poor layer lays 1 or less per week. There is also no way to predict the exact color of the eggs your chickens will lay. For example, Marans, known for their deep coppery brown eggs, sometimes lay eggs that are a shade or two lighter than the standard. The color of the eggs you get will depend on the breeder you purchased your chickens from, as some characteristics have been bred back. The following are some of the most popular, dependable, egg laying breeds.