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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by quintinp, Jun 16, 2011.
how many years do i have to expect them to stop laying, they are rhode island reds, and barred rocks
Eachy chicken is an individual and may be different, but if you have enough chickens for the averages to mean anything, the egg production will drop around 15% to 20% after each adult molt except the first adult molt. It does not necessarily stop completely, but it really cuts back after a very few years. After a few years egg quality can get worse too. If you are looking at when to cycle new ones in, the third year is usually a good choice, but if you want to keep them, you can still expect an egg, just a lot less.
My best egg layer ever managed to empty herself within 5 years. And those were 5 years of 5-7 eggs a week and hardly a molt break. (she was scary, that way!) I would give them 4 years at least. But then, I have them just for fun. So I couldn't really give advice to a commercial chickenholder. You sell the eggs?
Quote:naah, but i have some four year old rhode island reds, and it is really hot, around the mid 90's around southern oklahoma, and they aren't laying at all, i am not getting an egg a week from any of them