Hens may live in backyard flocks for 6-8 years, and most flocks will produce eggs for 3-4 years. The level of egg production, egg size, and shell quality decrease each year. Most commercial layers are kept for 2-3 years as their egg production decreases after this time.

The first egg often arrives when hens are 18 weeks old, subject to breed, environment and nutrition. A rooster is not necessary for egg production unless you want to have fertilized eggs for hatching. When pullets are nearing their first egg lay, their behavior changes.

So, how long do chickens sleep? Chickens typically sleep for 8 hours each night; from the time the sun sets until it rises again the next day. Although, total sleep time can be impacted by the season, the presence of pests and predators, the flock’s size, and the age of each bird. What is this? Jan 18, 2021