How long to they *really* lay?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 1stepcloser, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. 1stepcloser

    1stepcloser Poultry In Motion

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    I am trying to read everything I can about chickens and I keep reading chickens lose production after about 1-1 1/2 years and should be culled. [​IMG] Is that true? Are my layers days really that numbered? Crap.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No way. Healthy birds, especially the heritage purebreeds, will lay for years, just at a reduced rate. My oldest girls, who are almost four years old, are laying several eggs each week. Sexlinks may not lay as long as the purebreds.

    That two year mark is for commercial operations, who do not want any reduced rates of lay.
     
  3. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    I think there was a post a while back about a chicken that layed for like 9 years or something? Just not every day
     
  4. 1stepcloser

    1stepcloser Poultry In Motion

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    Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG] That is great to hear!
     
  5. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

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    High Desert, CA
    My friend's 9 yr old was laying 3 eggs a week every other month. Odd cycle, but she was laying eggs until she died of natural causes. Our 2 yr olds are all laying great still. [​IMG] I think egg production companies keep layers for 1-1.5 yrs and that is where the misconception stems from.
     

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