how long do they lay eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by noodleman, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. noodleman

    noodleman Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok 2 ?'s first of all who long ( as in how many years ) will a hen lay eggs?

    Second. How cold does it have to get for them to stop laying?
     
  2. ameraucanacrazy

    ameraucanacrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a 6 year old hen and she is still laying big brown eggs
     
  3. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
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    yay!!!!!!!!!! this leaves me lots of hope.

    someone said broodys dont live as long? because brooding takes alot out of them? is this true?
     
  4. ameraucanacrazy

    ameraucanacrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i do not know sorry
     
  5. Debi214

    Debi214 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What state do you live in? My chickens laid all winter and I am here is central Virginia (there were a couple of weeks that the temps were in the teens - brrrrr). I don't keep my chickens locked in a coop without light. They need the light (8 hours) from what I hear to want to lay.
     
  6. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
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    yay!!!!!!!!!! this leaves me lots of hope.

    someone said broodys dont live as long? because brooding takes alot out of them? is this true?

    I would think it would be the opposite??? Because if they're broody, they're not laying and laying takes a lot out of them too.
    I don't know though.
     
  7. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no exact age where a chicken will stop laying. When a hen is born she is born with the eggs inside of her. Whenever those eggs run out is when she will stop laying. I have a game hen who is about 6 years old and still lays eggs. I have also had a chicken who was 3 and no longer lays. Hope this helps.
     
  8. noodleman

    noodleman Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the answers everyone. As far as where I live it's in Pennsylvania. Gets pretty cold and nast in our particular area too. People around here just say that they will stop laying in the winter, but I wondered if i could keep that from happening by keeping it warm enough in the coop.
     
  9. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
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    My daughter and I spent a winter baby sitting a farm on weekends. They had chickens and 2 different owners tending to them at times. How well they laid depended not on the cold but on how well they were fed and watered. When the better of the two women left for 3 weeks eggs went down to 0. When she came back so did the egg production.
    This was near Wisconsin and with sub 0 weather.
     
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  10. card5640

    card5640 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are in Maine and it gets really cold, I had a flood light on a timer from 11PM until 3Am and I did not have a reduction in their production all winter. I did not have any frost bite either.
     

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