Can A Older Hen Get Broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by josie705, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. josie705

    josie705 Just Hatched

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    Can older hens that have stopped laying eggs still become broody? Just wondering if their stop in egg production means that they also stop getting broody.
     
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  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Unless there is something physically wrong with their reproductive system, a hen will lay throughout her entire lifetime. Granted, production does slow down dramatically as they age, but even at 10 years old, hens can squeeze out an egg a week. As long as a hen is healthy, and still ovulating, the hormones could still be triggered for brooding.
    Do not mistake the normal winter break for a permanent stop of eggs.
     
  3. josie705

    josie705 Just Hatched

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    Okay thank you for letting me know! :)
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I agree with the above. I've never had a hen totally stop egg production. Even my 7 year old hatchery birds would give me say 3 eggs a week.

    My oldest bantam Cochin, I think she's 5? Raised 3 batches of chicks last year. I'm counting on her to do at least 2 this year [​IMG]
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree with junebuggena
     
  6. josie705

    josie705 Just Hatched

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    I never knew that! I bought Americana/Easter Egger for her color from a rescue (In okay condition) and she's in quarantine still. The people told me that most hens there were hens that had past the age of egg laying. I have heard that before and thought that after a certain age most breeds just stop laying. I had no idea that that wasn't true. Thanks much!
     

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