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[–] Otterknothings 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Also...Breed matters. I've got a Leghorn that lays 6 eggs a week. My Easter Eggers lay about 4 or 5 a week on average.

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[–] tchick 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

what bigeasy said. Mind you they don't lay every single day, i heard somewhere that they lay an egg every 26 or 27 hours, so you skip a day every now and then. They also drop off their laying in the winter and pick up again in Spring. My partner and I have always had 4-5 laying hens and we end up giving away dozens in spring because we have an overload, and buying a few cartons here and there in winter because we can go for days without seeing an egg. some breeds will lay more reliably than others too.

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[–] bigeasy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

A chicken lays one egg per day. So, two birds will make 14 eggs a week. That said, they're social birds, so you may want to get a couple more than that (four total) for the sake of their well-being (plus redundancy and all that). A sack of feed every couple of months will run you roughly 15-20 bucks for the organic good stuff.

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[–] Scarcer 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Almost one egg per day.

I'd say 12 eggs a week to be safe, but also need to account for moult :)

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[–] WhatTheFlock 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You need to consider is breed, time of year (season), molting, age and stress.

We started with 15 hens and once they got to laying, we were getting 12-13 a day. Now we have 23 hens total (12 from the original 15) and we're only getting 7-8 eggs/day right now. Many are going through molting, 12 are 2+ years old now and then my son likes to chase them. Plus, it's getting colder and they don't have as much light per day.

Feeding costs aren't bad, but you need to keep an eye on it. We go through 1 50lb bag of crumble per week with 23 hens and 2 roosters. We prefer pellets, but our roosters are scissor-beaks and can't eat the pellets.

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[–] Fenrirwulf 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I base my calculations on average you will get 2 eggs every 3 days from one bird. As mentioned earlier, season (length of daylight actually) and breed will effect their day to day productivity.