how long will they lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrmcduck, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. mrmcduck

    mrmcduck Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 25, 2014
    Buffalo county Wisconsin
    how many years or how long do (most) chickens lay as mine have all but stopped and the are about 1 1/2 years old now. last winter they layed all winter now I get only 1 or 2 eggs a day from 10 hens.
    thanks for and help.
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    It all depends on breed and living conditions. Some breeds are known for laying eggs well into their 4th or even 5th year of life, whereas others will start decreasing within their 2nd year. What breeds do you have?

    Also, hens don't lay often in fall and winter due to the shortened daylight hours, colder temps and little access to the outdoors. You could add artificial light to encourage them to continue laying throughout the winter.

    Stress can influence egg laying as well. Are your birds molting, injured, being bullied or have parasites? Could they be hiding their eggs at all?

    Hopefully, they will start up again in the spring. Remember to provide them with plenty of food, water and calcium and know that they decrease in egg laying a little more each year of their lives.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2016
  3. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    Kalispell MT
    Pullets under a year old will usually not molt their first winter. They will lay all winter long. Starting with their second winter they will molt and stop laying. You are actually lucky to be getting 1 or 2 eggs. Some members are getting none. As they get older the time they spend molting will usually get longer. So, it was normal for your girls to lay their first winter. It was also normal for your girls to slow way down during their second winter. The days are now getting longer. They should start to lay more eggs very soon.
  4. mrmcduck

    mrmcduck Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 25, 2014
    Buffalo county Wisconsin
    thanks I forgot about the molting as some are losing feathers on there backs but they have since I got a rooster as I thought he is rough on them with his spurs or something and some run from him and roost a lot of the time to stay away from him I think. thanks for the help everyone.

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