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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stephanie1992, Dec 15, 2011.
at what age do they stop laying?
and what could cause them not to lay eggs?
My RSLs stopped laying at two years of age. It depends a lot on the breed. RSLs are good layers, but I suppose they get worn out quickly because they lay so flat-out.
chix usually lay peak production from 1 to 2 years. they can lay longer though, [highest recorded age of nine] and all chix are different!
I read (Raising Chickens for Dummies) that hens/pullets are born with the number of eggs they will lay already in their "ovum"... pre-determined.
I know people with six year old hens that are still laying? I am sure it varies chicken to chicken, but maybe it does vary breed to breed as well. I don't know.
I will look that up again....
Hens stop laying if they are ill... some of mine stopped for periods of time due to the heat during the summer.. some stop laying due to the shorter days, colder weather.
Don't lose hope.... I had an EE that stopped laying IN JUNE... (I thought due to the heat).... she just started again this week. (After a long and repeated worming of the flock for tapeworms).... (she's about a year and a half old now... two in the spring).
I had about given up on her, but due to her beauty was going to wait until Spring to see if she started up again then. I am overjoyed that she started up again laying her extreme Jumbo pastel mint colored eggs.
ok just wondering cuz im suppose to be given a pair of RIR RC bantams to me and a pair of standard cochins given to me and the owner said the hens dont lay much. maybe it cuz of the weather. and im thinking since there in very small pens that could be another reason. im hoping they lay and are i good shape cuz i wanna breed them.