egg-laying lifespan

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nyxish, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. Nyxish

    Nyxish Out Of The Brooder

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    My understanding is that hens lay for a few years and then stop, tho they live much longer. What do you do with your hens when they are past laying?
     
  2. sephiroth

    sephiroth Out Of The Brooder

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    Some people eat them, some people adopt them out, some people put them out to pasture and offer them to nature (coyotes, hawks, foxes, etc.)

    Some just kick em out of the coop and let em fend for themselves!
     
  3. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    I had a hen that was between 7-9 years old when she was killed by dogs. She still layed eggs. They slow down after age one or two, but they still lay. Even when mine are past their prime, I keep them as pets. They still lay enough to pay for their feed, and they make lovely "lawn ornaments."
     
  4. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    I keep them, what's the point in killing them or selling them (unless you run a business its understandable) when you've enjoyed their years of eggs they have provided for you? I keep mine as pets [​IMG]
     

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