Answer to Question #247987 in Biology for Chaitanya

Question #247987

I was making a video about poultry farming and selective breeding and nowhere on the internet or in research centres I got the answer for 'How many fertilized eggs do Hens lay in a year naturally?' or 'How many eggs Hen can lay in a year which will have chicks in it?'

I am aware that the answer varies breed to breed but can there be some approx number for the majority of Hens breeding used to produce eggs?

Like I read somewhere that Hens used in poultry farms in the UK lay around 300 eggs a year whereas without human interference the number is around 10-12.

Expert's answer

High-producing, well-fed backyard hens can lay up to 250 eggs per year. This is because it takes 24-26 hours to create each egg, and hens take a natural break each year for molting – often as days get shorter in the fall.

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