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Egg laying span

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GigiAndClaire, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. GigiAndClaire

    GigiAndClaire Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2014
    How long do chickens live and how long will they produce eggs?
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    Most folks report lowered egg frequency by 3 yo, and average longevity of about 10 years. But I've lost 2 of mine at 2 and 2 1/2 yo due to natural causes. And there are rare reports of a chicken living up to 18 years!

    But most sources report a hen can lay eggs for years, but the frequency decrease with age.
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Depends on the breed really. Sexlinks and production breeds (hatchery sourced) lay a ton for their first 2 years, and then production dramatically drops off. They tend to be fairly short lived, usually about 5 to 8 years.
    Heritage breeds from good breeders will lay fewer eggs per year, but will be regular producers for most of their lives. They tend to be longer lived birds, averaging about 10 years or more.
  4. GigiAndClaire

    GigiAndClaire Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2014
    thank you for your input!!

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