A chicken, or Gallus gallus domesticus, a semi-domesticated fowl and a subspecies of Red Junglefowl, having reached the age of 16-20 weeks is able to lay eggs. A hen will lay a clutch of eggs and devote herself to hatching her clutch after 21 days incubation. Once a clutch is laid, the hen ceases to lay and is said to become ‘broody’. If the eggs are removed from the clutch the hen continues to lay to make a clutch. For this reason it is necessary to collect eggs frequently.
An egg laying hen is referred to as a ‘layer’. A chicken said to be a ‘good layer’ will fetch a better price at a sale than a ‘poor layer’. I wish we had room in the garden for some layers.
So there you have it…pass the salt and pepper please.