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What can we do about Henopause ? Non layers need love too

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I have a senior hen that does not lay. I purchased her with the other 3, and the owner said she didn't lay as much but if I didn't want her they could stew her (accchhh)  So I brought her home, she doesn't lay but she is quite hysterical in personality. And a heck of a gardener.  She has no value, or so I am told, but she is family. How long will she live? I am thinking she doesn't lay because she is a senior.....could there be another reason?  I have studied health issues, and take serious care of them.  Anyone else experience Henopause?

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I have two almost 7 year old hens that no longer lay.  They are my original birds, so they have a home here for life.  My light brahma earned her keep last summer by going broody and raising babies.  I have heard of some that have 10 year old birds.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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She may be fine, and just paused or stopped entirely.  She may have an issue that can't be fixed, but do well.  I lost two ten year old hens this spring, that layed few or no eggs for years, but were happy until a couple of weeks before the end.  Some birds stay here forever, some get eaten, and some move to other homes.  Mary

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I have an old Barnevelder hen, "Barnie Green", who will be 13 in February.  She hasn't laid an egg in years - in fact was never much of a layer even in her prime - eggs small and scarce- but she is just as beautiful as she always was.

 4+ acres, 32 chickens of assorted breeds, 3 old dogs, 1 cat, a big veggie garden and 2 old people.  "The Old Chickens Home" should be the name of my farm, for more than one reason! 
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 4+ acres, 32 chickens of assorted breeds, 3 old dogs, 1 cat, a big veggie garden and 2 old people.  "The Old Chickens Home" should be the name of my farm, for more than one reason! 
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