How long do hens lay???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RattiganChicks, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. RattiganChicks

    RattiganChicks Hatching

    Jun 15, 2008
    Chicora, PA
    I know this is such a beginner question but I have to long do hens lay eggs? I know from all of your wonderful postings that they should start basically any time after 17 to 18 weeks, but once they do, how long are they able to produce?
  2. s6bee

    s6bee Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    Depends on the breed or I should say type. A layer will lay a lot eggs for a shorter amount of time, approx. 2-3 yrs. A dual purpose will lay less frequently but for more years about 4-5. Of course there will be those exceptions but that is a general rule.

    What do you have?
  3. RattiganChicks

    RattiganChicks Hatching

    Jun 15, 2008
    Chicora, PA
    We have 11 Barred Rocks, 3 weeks old today.
  4. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    I get up to 3 eggs a day from my four 6 year old hens. My hen had a hen that lived to be 15 years old and it still occasionally laid eggs, about a dozen a year at that age.
  5. Red

    Red Songster

    Mar 17, 2007
    Our oldest two hens are BSL. They are five years old and lay four or five eggs a week, each [​IMG]
  6. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I was talking with a woman on my bus today & discovered she, too, is a chicken owner. She told me that her 2 hens (Buff Orp & Leghorn) are laying really well right now. I asked how old they are, expecting to hear "a year" and turns out they're more like 4-5 years old!

    Glad to hear that the investment pays off. My babies are just 3.5 weeks old and won't lay until this fall.
  7. ravenfeathers

    ravenfeathers Songster

    May 23, 2008
    someone posted a link to this site in another thread a few days ago and i enjoyed it. i think it can only be used as a general guide, but it's interesting nonetheless.

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