How long can a chicken lay eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ukyou, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. Ukyou

    Ukyou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From reading posts every once and a while I will see someone mention a chicken laying 4 or more years. So I was curious which breeds seem to lay for the longest period of time? Or did you just have one special chicken that continued to lay for a much longer time.
     
  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I don't know of paticular breed that will lay longer, but your going to get your best amount of eggs up to 3 years. After that it can sporatic for a few more years.
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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  4. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A healthy hen will lay as long as she lives. After the 2nd year, they drop their egg production about 10% per year. A five year old hen will lay about half the rate of a first year layer. My six year old Barred Rock lays three eggs every two weeks.
     

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