Frequently Asked Questions
Do chickens live through the winter?
Yes Laying hens do very well in winter. However, they need a dry place sheltered from the wind. The real problem is not the cold, but the humidity. We recommend an enclosure for them to go outside, as they like to enjoy the sun no matter what time of year.
How many eggs does a hen lay?
A hen lays an average of one egg every 28 hours, or about 300 eggs per year. It is natural in winter for a hen to slow or stop producing eggs. Hens lay according to the number of daylight hours that they can enjoy and roam freely.
Do hens usually run away?
No. By nature, hens do not stray too far from their coops and return to the henhouse before the evening. On the other hand, hens must be given a little time to adapt to their new habitat.
How many years can a hen live?
A hen usually lives on average 6 years, but her egg production decreases from 2 years to end around 5-6 years. The record for the oldest hen is 18 years old!
Which breed should I consider getting?
If your goal is to have eggs and you live in Quebec, you may want to consider getting a Chantecler breed. She is very resistant to cold, has almost no crest, is a very good layer in addition to having very good flesh. Otherwise, the Leghorn and the famous red or black laying hen are very good hens that are resistant to cold too.
Are chickens sociable animals?
Yes, you will be surprised! Chickens will gladly follow you in your daily activities and will get used to wanting to be cuddled. On the other hand, if you have a rooster, your hens will be very attached to him primarily.
Does a hen lay without a rooster?
What do hens eat?
In her natural state, a hen is fond of insects, fruits and vegetables, grains, and fresh grass. In return, a food made up of grains will keep her healthy, but don’t hesitate to give her all your table waste.
Who are the biggest predators?
Chickens have several predators such as raccoons, coyotes, foxes, weasels, owls, and birds of prey… This is why it is essential to offer her a secure and robust coop for the night as well as an enclosure during the daytime. Also, be careful when an unfamiliar dog comes to the house.