how many years do you keep your egg layers?

sheaviance1

Songster
9 Years
Apr 7, 2010
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Tennessee
I am interested in other people's answer to this question too. My game plan is to start replacing when i see a drastic decline in egg production. I'm not sure at what age to expect that though.
 

happyhensny

Brown Barns Farm
11 Years
Sep 23, 2008
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near Albany, New York
Due to the problem with "chicken math" We keep the old girls and just get or hatch new chicks every year. So, in the end, every year there will be more birds and coop size will never be large enough.

Love it!

I know, not very practical but I do not want to eat a tough old bird anyway.
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Judy

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
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South Georgia
Typically, they will have their first heavy molt around 18 months, though this does vary, and will lay fewer (but larger) eggs after that. Some will lay some eggs for several years or even all their life. I have 6 that are over 3 years and get 3 or 4 eggs a day; there is one younger one who I'm not sure is laying. The blue eggs used to be medium and are now at least an XL. I have some chicks coming along but don't plan to replace anyone.

Just depends on your goals and management style.
 

woodmort

RIP 1938-2020
9 Years
Jul 6, 2010
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When I was into this phase I'd sell my layers during their 3rd year--I'd get them in the spring, they start laying that fall then I'd sell them during their 3rd summer. I found there was a better market for them at this stage since they were still fairly reliable layers. I no longer do this so am running a home for aged chickens since I'm not interested in production any more--just need a few eggs.
 

karimw

Songster
9 Years
Apr 7, 2010
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Eastern IA
My farrier replaces his Golden Comets every 2 years. Mine are all still only a year old or less, so I haven't gotten to that point yet.
 

easttxchick

Lone Star Call Ducks
10 Years
Aug 3, 2009
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My oldest girls are only 2 years old, but I'm sure I'll do what woodmort is doing when the time comes.
 

belly

In the Brooder
8 Years
Feb 7, 2011
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Murray Utah
I just got my girls in Sept 2010 so hopefully it will be awhile before they need to be replaced. But when that day comes I will just have to build a retirement coop it just does not seem right to cull them after they provided you with years of fresh eggs. And not to mention they are really friendly and will let me pick them up and hold them like my cats and dogs will.
 

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