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How many years are Layers good for laying And a rooster for fertillizi

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Drew Allen, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. Drew Allen

    Drew Allen Hatching

    Oct 22, 2009
    Hi I have some chickens that are 2-3 years old and I wanted to know how long they lay for? Also how long is a rooster able to fertilize the eggs?

  2. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    I have a six year old hen who is still laying strong.
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:WooHoo!! That's fantastic!! What breed is she???

    Drew, from what I've read and heard from others, especially if you have an egg laying breed, they will continue to lay well past 2-3 years, just not at frequently. I haven't read anything about rooster fertility and age....
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    After around 2-1/2 years of age, hens will on average lay about 15% less each molt after that. Each hen can be different, but this is an average.

    I've heard that roosters also drop off with age, but I think that is due to vigor not fertility. Older boys just don't have the energy they used to. [​IMG]
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:Ain't THAT the truth! [​IMG]

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