An egg Laying question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenmanpage, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. chickenmanpage

    chickenmanpage Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello there BYC just had a question that maybe someone could answer for me. Is there any other signs that a chicken is done laying eggs others than the lack of egg?
     
  2. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to know as well?
     
  3. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Depends if you're asking about old age, or just lack of eggs. Old age is specific to individuals, just like humans. Proper care and quality feed can lead to a hen producing past 10 years. Had one myself that was almost a teenager when a predator took her. The oldest chicken on record was a game hen in the UK that lived to be 25 years old. Doubt if she layed past 15, but that's not part of the record.

    Now, hens take breaks, even if not broody. The ones that lay over 300 eggs a year are few and far between. To determine if a hen is laying, feel of her pelvic bones, located UNDER her vent. If there is room for 3 fingertips, she's laying. Of course you hafta consider the size of the hen and the size egg she is expected to lay. If there is only room for one fingertip, she isn't laying.

    Hope I answered your question, but if I didn't, ask a different way........Pop
     
  4. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does that go for hens that are internal egg laying?
    If they are laying inside, can you fit three fingers, or one?
     
  5. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    The pelvic bones spread to allow passage of the egg. They will stay spread as long as the hen is laying and close up again in a few days after she has stopped........Pop
     

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