Just wondering, as I am new to chickens, what I should expect for the the length of time my hens will lay. I know they start anywhere from -5-8 months of age depending on breed, eggs start small and grow, etc. How many years are they productive layers? My Australorps and Orpingtons are laying every day or every other day at this point. At what point does the egg size stabilize or does it just get a little larger until they just stop. Do they just stop. What is the normal life expectancy of a hen? Just curious...I have Australorps, Orpingtons, Barred Rocks, EE's, and Barnevelders currently and have BLRW, GLW's in the incubator.