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How often does a chicken lay an egg?
That depends on three main factors: The breed of chicken. Some chickens are bred for meat production and lay few eggs; some are bred for egg production and can lay as often as once a day; some are bred as "dual purpose" andare good for both egg-laying and meat, although not optimal for either. The hen's age.

Are all chickens noisy?
The different noise levels of hens tends to vary with their breed. Compared to a dog's bark which can reach over 90 decibels, chickens can hardly be called a noisy animal.

Where can you find hens or chicks?
When searching for hens or chicks, first look for reputable local chicken farmers. If there are not any nearby consider a local general store or nearby hatcheries. Or check for local backyard chicken farmers. The closer the better!

How many years do chickens lay eggs?
Chickens usually don't simply "stop" laying eggs when they get to a certain age, but they will lay fewer as they get older. That said, most laying breeds will lay more or less productively in backyard terms for five or seven years.

How many years does a chicken live?
Pet chickens that are properly cared for can live a relatively long time---longer than dogs, sometimes, although that's rare. It's common for a hen in a backyard setting to live 8-10 years, but we've also heard reports of chickens living as many as 20 years!

Do you need a rooster for the hens to lay eggs?
This is the biggest misconception about chickens. A rooster is never necessary for your hens to lay eggs. If you want chicks, of course you need a rooster to fertilize the eggs, but the girls don’t need the boy for producing those yummy fresh eggs.

How much care do chickens need?
Chickens are low maintenance, making them an ideal pet. With proper housing, chickens are easier to care for than dogs, and have minimal requirements.

When will my hens start laying?
Normally, your hens start laying between 5 and 6 months of age and based on the breed, they will lay roughly 200 to 300 eggs a year. My favorite layers are Rhode Island Reds and the Buff Orpington for their wonderful brown eggs. The White Leghorns are prolific layers as well, laying large white eggs.

How many nesting boxes do I need?
Most chicken experts recommend an average of one nesting space per five birds.

How big of a coop do you need?
So for 4 chickens that free range, you only need a coop/run area that measures about: 4 by 4 feet (16 square ft). But it is always best to give them as much space as you can. For chickens that will be inside the run all the time (never free ranging), you need to bump that number up to 10 square feet per bird.