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Hens are 4 yrs old, not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kmb221, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. kmb221

    kmb221 Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    Shippensburg, PA
    My hens are 4 years old. I have 7 and am lucky to get 2 or 3 eggs a week. Are their laying days over? Not sure what to do.

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Four year old hens are getting close to retirement age, but some of it depends on the breed; also their living conditions, i.e., feeding, winter lights or no lights, etc.
  3. HollyBird24

    HollyBird24 Crowing

    Nov 10, 2011
    Manitoba, Canada
    By 4 years old they are pretty much done.
  4. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Quote:And season. They may lay more when warmer weather comes, and as the days get longer (if you are in the US [​IMG])
  5. humpbacks1962

    humpbacks1962 Songster

    Jun 20, 2007
    Middletown, CT
    Mine stopped laying at about that age.
  6. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    I have one hen that will be 2 in March, and she hasn't laid an egg in 4 months. She used to lay 6 eggs a week, sometimes 7... she'd miss maybe 3-4 days a month! I guess she's all laid out. I miss her pretty green eggs.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I have several hens who are 4-6 years old. They are taking longer and longer breaks with each molt, but some of mine are still laying. One bantam Cochin started back laying yesterday after a 7 month break-she'll be 4 in April. By the age of 5, they seem to lay only half the year, maybe slightly more, as long as they aren't laying internally.

  8. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Songster

    Oct 11, 2011
    I have an eight year old hen who still lays sometimes...yes, their mass production is over, but they probably will lay some more.
  9. bluefeather2697

    bluefeather2697 Chirping

    Nov 9, 2011
    i don't know if this's true, i read threads here on byc that there're some 9-year old hens that are still laying.

    but of course not as productive as the earlier years.

    im not really sure about that. but laying for that long.. she should really retire by now. [​IMG]
  10. chicachic

    chicachic In the Brooder

    I never realized that 2 to 4 year old chickens are considered retirement age. My chickens always lay eggs although not every day; They share nests so I don't ever know which ones are laying. I figured the cold or extreme heat or even drastic temp changes was what made a difference in the number of eggs I was getting. Whatd'ya know...always learning here on BYC!!

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