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How many of y'all have 'senior" hens still laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gritsar, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    How many have a hen or hens well past the prime laying years but still contributing and what are the hens ages?
     
  2. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I have an ole girl laying one crazy looking wrinkley raisin lookin' egg....These girls were given to me...so I dont know their ages but they look and act old....
     
  3. rizq

    rizq Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
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    What is considered senior? Our pen of SS Hamburg hens ranges in age from 3-5 years and we get 3-5 eggs daily (usually 4 or 5).

    I don't really know what's considered a senior chicken though. Maybe our ladies aren't old enough to be senior [​IMG]
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:From my point of view, any hen past the her third year of laying could be considered a senior, although chickens can live much longer.
     
  5. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Oh, do answer, folks! I only own girls who've just started laying, so I haven't experienced this yet. I'm curious how many folks out there have BR past 3 years old who still lay, and the number of eggs they get a week, if so.

    Great question, Gritsar!
     
  6. rizq

    rizq Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
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    I forgot to mention that the 3-5 eggs is from 5 hens. They are not good winter layers though. We don't have our proper coop finished yet so they don't have light and right now we get 2 eggs a day at the most ... usually 1 and sometimes not 1. So, they are great layers still in the summer ... not so great in the winter :) The 4 year old roo has also seemed to slack on his duties as my last 2 sets of eggs have all turned up clear (serama mutts are developing, though, so it is not me lol).
     
  7. LittleHouseDreams

    LittleHouseDreams Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, I'd like to know this too. I'm new and mine aren't old enough just yet to lay but this is very interesting especially if your hens are also pets and as such will be around for a long time.
     
  8. mychickensrock

    mychickensrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We're new at this too. We've got 5 laying right now. I hope they are all around for a long time. I love them all! I have read that they can live like 15 years if well cared for. I think we'll just have a chicken retirement home:D
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Thanks for the imput.
    I remember reading awhile back that one forum member gets an occasional egg from an 8 year old hen. Wish I could remember who that was. [​IMG]
     
  10. moms_pantry

    moms_pantry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a very old hen. She is at least 8 years old. I don't know her breed, but she is black with a slight brown feathering on her neck and she has puffy cheek feathers. She lays a medium slightly tinted egg. She will not stay in the pen. She is a very good flyer and roosts in the trees. She likes to set so she tries to hide her eggs. I don't know how many eggs she lays because I mostly can't find them. She is very creative in hiding her eggs. I usually find out when she brings out her chicks. I can look at the almanac and I know that she will be setting sometime soon.
     

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