How Often Do Chickens Lay Eggs?

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

24 November 2014

Eggs are just one of the amazing perks of chicken keeping - along with amazing companionship, natural pest control, a brilliant family pet...we could go on…

So, if you’re a fan of fresh eggs, you’re probably wondering how many you should egg-spect from your feathered friends! Well, the answer is...there is no single answer!

The number of eggs chickens lay, and how often, depend on the breed of chicken your keeping. Some chickens will lay everyday, most days of the year, others might only lay 1 or 2 eggs a week - and have a break during the winter time.

Here’s some egg-samples of how many eggs are laid by different chicken breeds:

1. Breeds that lay lots:

  • Rhode Island Red


Rhode Island Reds are the most well rounded chicken of all the backyard flocks! Chances are if you don’t know which chicken is best for your environment a Rhode Island Red will do just perfectly! These chickens lay egg-streamly well, they are highly valued for their meat, they are cold hardy and generally hardy in every other sense.

How many eggs: 250-300 eggs each year, so around 6 eggs per week.

  • Plymouth Rocks


The Plymouth Rock is one of the best all-rounder chickens you’re likely to find. Its a prolific egg-layer, it’s great as a table bird, and it’s a fantastic backyard chicken for families.

How many eggs: Over 200 eggs each year, so around 4-5 per week.

2. Breeds that don’t lay as many (but still taste great!):

  • Silkies


With their pretty and profuse plumage, love of a snuggle, and their super sweet nature; Silkies are one of our favourite breeds- what’s not to love?

How many eggs: 250 eggs each year, so around 3 eggs per week.

  • Japanese Bantam


The Japanese Bantam, also known in many parts of the world as Chabo, is a breed of chicken originating in Japan. They are a true bantam breed, with large upright tails that often reach over the chicken’s head.

How many eggs: 50-100 eggs each year, so around 1-2 eggs per week.

For more information on who lays what, check out our The Best Egg Laying breeds article - if fresh eggs are on your mind, these breeds are perfect for your backyard flock!

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