- Rearing period for layer chicken is between week 1 to week 30
Layer poultry farming means raising birds for commercial egg production. Layer chickens are such a special species of hens, which need to be raised from when they are one-day old. They start laying eggs commercially from 18-19 weeks of age. They remain to lay eggs continuously until they are 72-78 weeks of age. They can produce about one kilo of eggs by consuming about 2.25kg of food during their egg-laying period.
To produce hybrid egg layers, consider the various characteristics of the cocks and hens before breeding. There are various types of highly egg-productive layer breeds available throughout the world.
According to the nature and colour of eggs, layer chickens are of two types. Short descriptions of these two types are listed below.
- White egg-laying hens: This type of hen is comparatively smaller in size, relatively eats less food and their eggshell is white.
- Brown egg-laying hens: Brown egg-laying hens are relatively larger. They eat more foods compared to white egg layers. Lay bigger eggs than other laying breeds. Their eggshell is brown coloured.