What's the difference between egg laying hens and broilers.....I know broilers are for the table but can they lay eggs too?


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Jul 18, 2010
Broilers as layers
by: Anonymous

Some breeds of broilers get too big too fast, and don't live long enough to lay eggs. Nearly all the hybrid broilers (white mountains, cornish-rocks, for example) are like this. Broiler breeds that do live long enough to lay eggs don't lay many eggs in a year, maybe 60, where a layer breed will produce 200 or more. While it's possible to keep broilers long enough to lay eggs, it isn't a paying proposition and requires experience and dedication. Most broilers have health problems as they get to laying age, and may need to be on restricted amounts of feed after they are 8 to 10 weeks old. If you decide to keep them as layers, choose a purebred chicken, like cornish.

Apr 26, 2010
by: Window On The Prairie

I would like to raise broilers someday, but haven't had the time. We're too busy with the cattle, crops, and veggie garden.

Apr 25, 2010
Chicken eggs
by: Old Nebraska Dave

Broiler or fryer (as we call them in Nebraska) chickens are usually no older than 6 to 8 weeks which makes for tender eating chicken. If left to grow older and mature they would begin to lay eggs. However with the way things are in the chicken world today there are certain kinds of chickens that are better at egg laying and others are better for eating but all chicken will lay eggs if given the chance. Chickens will lay eggs without a rooster which is most common in store bought eggs. Some organic eggs are fertile but even there unless it's specifically stated that they are fertile eggs, it's a good chance they are not.

I hope all your chicken experiences are great ones.

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