How many eggs does a chicken lay per day?


If you’re thinking about getting chickens, you might be wondering how many eggs they will give you every day. This is a good question, and the truth is, it varies! I think that there are a lot of misconceptions about laying hens. People think that if they get 3 hens, they’ll have 3 eggs per day. This may or may not be the case.

How many eggs you get from each chicken every day depends on several factors:

  • The time of year
  • The breed of the chicken
  • The age of the chicken
  • Whether or not you have lighting in your chicken coop
  • If your chicken is molting
  • If your chicken feels stressed because of predators, or mites, or a lack of appropriate food
  • How “free range” they are (They may lay eggs that you can’t find)


If you’ve got young hens (between 6 months and 2 years), it’s bright outside, and your chickens are living a relatively stress-free life, you should expect about 2 eggs per day from a coop of 3 hens. Take the number of hens you plan to purchase & multiply them by .75, and you’ll come up with the average # of eggs you will get per day. Example:

  • 2 hens should give you 1 to 2 eggs per day
  • 3 hens should give you 2 eggs per day
  • 4 hens should give you 3 eggs per day
  • 5 hens should give you 3 to 4 eggs per day
  • 6 hens should give you 4 to 5 eggs per day
  • 7 hens should give you 5 eggs per day
  • 8 hens should give you 6 eggs per day
  • 9 hens should give you 6 to 7 eggs per day
  • 10 hens should give you 7 to 8 eggs per day
  • 11 hens should give you 8 eggs per day
  • 12 hens should give you 9 eggs per day
  • 13 hens should give you 9 to 10 eggs per day
  • 14 hens should give you 10 to 11 eggs per day
  • 15 hens should give you 11 eggs per day


There are many people who end up with 15 eggs per day from 15 chickens, or even sometimes 16 per day from 15 birds. If you have this kind of luck, GREAT! But it won’t last forever. The chickens will taper off and start producing less, and the average amount of eggs they produce per day over a year’s time will be something closer to the above numbers.

You’ll need a hutch for your chickens. Something like this will work for a small flock:

Source: Wellfedhome

Do you have chickens? How many eggs do they lay per day?

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Wow!!! This is really brilliant. When do they start laying eggs? …

On average 19-24weeks