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How long does a hen lay eggs??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NC29mom, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. NC29mom

    NC29mom Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    Scotland Neck, NC
    Please somebody tell my DH how long a hen will lay eggs? He is aggrevating the crap outta me to know. DOES ANYONE KNOW? Maybe until they are 3 yrs old?

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Most are done with the majority of their eggs after 2.5 years, but I had one that was laying regularly in her 4th year.
  3. Higins00

    Higins00 Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    good egg laying up to 3 years old then one every once in a while. That's what I find
  4. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    From what I've read, many hens will lay their whole lives....they just will slow waaay down so that it may be months (years?) between eggs. I also think, from what I've read, that it varies from bird to bird, but their prime laying years seem to be the first few. Again, this is only from what I've read as my personal experience is limited to this year.
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Like most animals, and even humans, the number of eggs released is limited. The eggs can be released quickly or slowly, depending on breed. Most modern layers tend to "use up" their egg releases in the first 3 years. These would be the more prolific layer types. Others lay eggs a bit more slowly over time.
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Most hatchery-bred hens will lay until about 2-4 years, then halt to a stop or lay very few eggs.

    Non-hatchery breeds usually lay pretty well up through 5 years old, then taper out to very few at 6 or older. It depends, really. I've heard of hens over 8 years old still laying quite well. Old breeds like Quechua, Gamefowl, etc are especially pretty tough birds. [​IMG]
  7. dandelionheart

    dandelionheart Songster

    Sep 15, 2010
    Lafayette, Indiana
    And I learned on here that when they say a three year old hen, they mean that for example, my girl was hatched March 26th, 2010, she laid her first egg about late October, so she is officially a hen October 2011, so 2.5 years after that... so May of 2014? I'm planning on keeping them until they natually die, but this is my understanding... as a newbie myself. I consider age based on birth day (or hatch day) so this kinda messes with me... but if you have a late bloomer they will also have a peak laying time later than the others. [​IMG] What I do like is in hen/chicken years it makes me 19. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I had a hatchery black Australorp that laid until 14. Never say never! [​IMG]
  9. dandelionheart

    dandelionheart Songster

    Sep 15, 2010
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Quote:AWESOME!!! How often did she lay after a few years? Since my hens will hopefully be making a natural departure, this is very good news! [​IMG]
  10. CluckCluck18

    CluckCluck18 Songster

    Apr 26, 2010
    Largo, FL
    I have a friend who has a 10 year old hatchery hen who lays everyday. Boy, I hope that happens to me! [​IMG]

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