Hens are 4 yrs old, not laying

kmb221

Songster
11 Years
Jul 18, 2008
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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.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
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421
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.
 

Judy

Crowing
Premium member
10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
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523
448
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
)
 

HHandbasket

The Chickeneer
9 Years
Jun 2, 2010
3,319
41
241
El Dorado County, California
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.
 

speckledhen

Intentional Solitude
Premium member
13 Years
Feb 3, 2007
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Blue Ridge Mtns. of North Georgia
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.
 

StarLover21

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

bluefeather2697

Chirping
8 Years
Nov 9, 2011
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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.
 

chicachic

In the Brooder
10 Years
Dec 6, 2009
65
0
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Williamstown, South Jersey
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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