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How long do Chicken lay eggs for ? how many years?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

hi,

i was wondering until what age they can lay eggs?

i have 2 road island reds...

1 barred rock

1 austrolorp

1 white chicken dont know what she is

and one mixed brown white.

i dont have eggs wet.. 2 of them are now 4 month old

and the others just 4 weeks

and what am I doing after they cant lay eggs anymore? any ideas? i cant kill them :(

thanks for your help

sandra

post #2 of 6
They really all have their own egg clock. Generally 4 - 6 months to start laying. I have heard complaints of some taking.g 8 months to get started. Generally production breeds are done in 3 years. I have 2 Rhodes Islands one quit laying after 2 yrs while the other is still kicking them out after three.
Pro 27:23  Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
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Pro 27:23  Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
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post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

thanks for the info :)

what do you do with your chicken after they done laying eggs ?

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Hi I just joined!frow.gif

 

Anyways, I have only 12 chickens but in groups of different ages. I have a group of 5yr old which consists of: 2 Americana(sp?) 2 Barred Rocks and one Road Island Red.  Both BR's are still laying, RIR just finnished her moult and began laying with in the last week or so and one of the A's are still laying while the other is not.

 

As far as what to do with the girls when they do stop if you don't want to kill them and eat them (that is what we will do) Put them on your local craigslist either for free or a low fee. They would make someone a great meal!

Proud Momma of 5 wonderful children. Support from the greatest husband at my side. Kept company by a Great Dane, Mastiff and a Dane/Lab/Shepherd mix. Pest control from 2 cats, Pigs now in the freezer. Turkeys didn't make it past the Hollidays. Many breakfasts and lots of laughs and great times provided by over 30 adult LF chickens of many breeds! Now on our adventure to buy a new Farm.

 

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Proud Momma of 5 wonderful children. Support from the greatest husband at my side. Kept company by a Great Dane, Mastiff and a Dane/Lab/Shepherd mix. Pest control from 2 cats, Pigs now in the freezer. Turkeys didn't make it past the Hollidays. Many breakfasts and lots of laughs and great times provided by over 30 adult LF chickens of many breeds! Now on our adventure to buy a new Farm.

 

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post #5 of 6

Welcome to the BYC to all you new guys

 

I just asked that myself bc some say 3 years some say also 5 years so it seams like the is a big swing and breed, region, what you feed them and what foods they get all differ

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It goes to show you how simple it is to entertain the human mind ........ get a couple of chickens
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Steve
               
It goes to show you how simple it is to entertain the human mind ........ get a couple of chickens
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post #6 of 6

Here in the Pacific NW my buff orpingtons and barred rocks laid well for almost 3 years.  With 5 hens the egg count got down to 1-2 eggs a day, sometimes none.  I gave mine away and replaced with 4 new hens.  2 of the 4 just started laying so by spring I should have everyone in full production.

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