How many eggs are in a dozen

How many chickens do I need for a dozen eggs?

On average, 13-15 chickens should be able to produce a dozen eggs a day for most of a year.

A single hen can only lay one egg a day and there will be days when she does not lay an egg. Shortly after the hen has laid an egg, she will produce another egg. It takes about 26 hours for an egg to be fully formed.


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Fewer eggs in winter

In winter, most chickens stop laying because they need 14 hours of daylight to properly stimulate the cycle in their bodies. They also have to use a lot more energy to keep warm.

However, this seasonal pattern can be circumvented by feeding chickens more in winter and adding artificial light / heating to their coop. The lights should be set on a timer that turns on at 4 a.m. and turns off at 8 a.m. to stimulate a 14-hour day.

Remember, this will shorten your hen’s laying years. Each bird has only a certain number of eggs in it, and if it lays all year round, their laying time will be over in about two and a half years.

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