egglayers age

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pokey, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    upstate
    at what age would you consider replacing a hen for the purpose of egg laying? i have about 6-8 hens that i have for eggs for friends and family that are about 2-3 years old. is this "old?"
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Welllll. Batteries cull their hens at 72 weeks. Kinda young if you ask me. Over 2 years old they lay every other day, which is fine with me. I guess it is really your preference. I fall in love with my chickens, so I think they stay til they die. Probably go from the coop to free range after they stop laying.
     
  3. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    My limit for age is 2-3 years anything after that goes because they eat more and produce less than can pay the bills.
     
  4. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    upstate
    that's kinda what i was thinking. i think of them more as pets, but these were bought with the intent of egg laying, so i may find them a forever home.
     

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