How long(old) to chickens lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by joyous, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. joyous

    joyous Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know there has to be a huge variation between breeds, but on a average how long (old) do chickens lay. I am new to this wonderful addiction and am doing this for eggs, and pest control. I will probably be keeping them as pets until they die. Are there any certain breeds that lay for a longer duration? I have three 8 month old black copper marans. One manx rumpy, two polish, a silver laced wyandotte, a buff chantacler and a mystery hen which are all about 12-15 weeks old.
     
  2. swimmom

    swimmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My five year old silver laced wyandotte lays three eggs a week. My five year old Barred Rock is about the same. My six year old Buff Orphington lays about two a week.
     
  4. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    Your egg laying breeds will lay out faster, so not as old before they burn out, but yours should lay pretty steady for a number of years, gradually decreasing as they age.
     

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