5 year old hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sirhc76, Apr 30, 2016.

  1. sirhc76

    sirhc76 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2011
    I haven't had an egg since Sept. 2015 and in going through pictures just realized that my hens were chicks in April of 2011. I didn't realize how fast time had passed but it has. Should I even expect anymore eggs? They will continue to live their lives in our backyard as they have but I'd sure like some eggs. Might be time to get some chicks going.
  2. chickenslave2

    chickenslave2 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 14, 2016
    I'm sorry to say but your hens have fully stopped laying. After several years hens stop laying completely and it's time to get new layers.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    What breeds are they?

    I've had some hatchery birds still laying at 7-8 years of age. I didn't use lights in the winter so they always took a break, but started laying again in the spring. Maybe 3ish eggs a week each...not much, but something.

    Do you free range? Any chance they could be hiding eggs somewhere?
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Shazam Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Most of my birds stop laying after 5-6, with an odd egg here and there. Time does fly, fresh chicks are never a bad idea in my opinion.

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