Jacqueline : Hi, I read with interest the statement that Americaunas only lay eggs for one year. I have raised Americaunas for 8 years and they turned out to be the best layers in the house. My oldest one laid for 7 years, and overall, they laid longer, with shorter rest periods, then all of the other breeds I have raised. Perhaps the non-laying hens have a deficiency in their diet. Jacqueline Colyer
Amy : In response to Thea, I would disagree with her friend saying that Americaunas/Easter Eggers only lay for a year. I have several in my flock that are 3-4 years old and still laying as strong as they did their first year. My favorite, Peanut Butter, still lays 3-4 eggs a week (she is blind and in a separate pen, so I know exactly how many eggs she lays). I would check hen diet or egg theft before ruling out that they are done with their laying careers.
Barbara : Just to let you know I have Americaunas and the one that is about four years old still lays in the Spring and summer. I had a seven year old that laid good as well, Heather was her name, she was still laying last spring and summer but died this winter. She was my favorite chicken. They make good pets.
Tracy : I have been raising Americauna’s for the past three years, they started laying about 8 months old and have continued ever since. They slow down in the winter but they still lay. They have all laid eggs throughout this time. They are definitely Americaunas, I have never had any other chickens. I have a few more coming in June which are Silver laced Wydandottes, and Golden Comets. I have 12 chickens at the moment and 25 more on the way. I guess I just decided to have more of a variety of birds.
Cathy : Hi, Gina. Just saw the letter from Thea in the May 14th newsletter (page three) regarding her Americauna hens laying for only one year. I can tell you from experience that is not true. My girls are three years old and still laying as many eggs as they did when they started. Perhaps Thea is unaware chickens need 14 hours of daylight in order to lay. If her production dropped off as fall approached and then into winter, that is probably the problem. Artificial light in the coop can help. I prefer to give my ladies a rest in the winter and when spring arrives, they are all back on their laying schedule. It should be noted Americaunas do not necessarily each lay one egg per day; mine tend to lay about three eggs per week per hen.
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