How long?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lovinthechickens, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. For how long do hens lay eggs? When do they stop?
  2. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    They can lay there whole lives ( That up to ( tops) 17 years )
    But generally slow down after 2 years.
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    They lay eggs pretty much their entire lives, which can be up to 10 years or longer with a little luck and good care.

    Their egg production begins around 5-6 months of age, and PEAKS around 2-3 years of age. Then will decline (ie, fewer eggs per week per bird), but may never completely stop, even in extremely geriatric hens. I believe there is a thread on here about someone who had a 11 or 12 yr old hen lay the occasionaly egg.

    Factory farms cull their hens around 2 yrs of age, as this is when the food to egg conversion ratio declines - ie, the profit margins start to decline.

    But hens may continue to lay for many more years than that.
  4. Thanks :]
    That really helped

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