How long do they lay eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by redstarbill, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. redstarbill

    redstarbill Out Of The Brooder

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    How long will a hen lay eggs? I have read books that say they can lay for up to ten years? just less of them. In the next breath they say get rid of them after 24-36 months. what gives?
     
  2. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    NO , I know several people that have hens that are 4 . 5 , 6 years old and still lay but not on a regular basis
     
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hens can lay up to 10 years, but their peak laying time is in the first year. After that first year and beyond, the egg production will drop. Not dramatically at first, but over time you will see less and less eggs from the hen.

    If you are only keeping hens for egg production then it would be a good idea to switch them out after 2 to 3 years. Your friend is correct in telling you that. If your hens are pets, then I wouldn't worry about it to much. [​IMG]
     
  4. eeiko321

    eeiko321 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    apparently chickens don't even live 10 years, average 7 Ive heard.

    i think their egg laying abilities slow down after 4 years or so.
     
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:I'm sorry, but that just isn't correct. There have been many a hen that have lived to be the ripe old age of 10 and some even beyond that. It just depends on what care they've received if their owner will allow them to live that long. [​IMG]
     
  6. Red

    Red Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my 5 y.o BSL hens lays about 4 eggs a week, and my 4 y.o LS lays on average 6 eggs a week.

    My friend has chickens on his farm, and he has one who is 15 years old now [​IMG]
     
  7. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

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    Quote:I'm sorry, but that just isn't correct. There have been many a hen that have lived to be the ripe old age of 10 and some even beyond that. It just depends on what care they've received if their owner will allow them to live that long. [​IMG]

    gumpsgirl is correct. I have had a little bantam hen that lived to be 13. It's all in how they are cared for and what is in their natural makeup.
     
  8. redstarbill

    redstarbill Out Of The Brooder

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    This is good to hear, only had my girls 6months and was worried about the future. if they still give me 4 eggs a week I'll be happy. I get 1 a day now. [​IMG]
     

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