how old is a hen when she stops layin?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by melissaowens, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. melissaowens

    melissaowens Songster

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    im new to the chicked raising, and a man wants to sell me chickens that are production red for 7.00 each and said they are a little over 1 yr and 1/2. how old do chickens get before they stop laying?
     

  2. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Songster

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    DON'T!!! That is a major RIP-OFF. Older hybrids like that are worth $1-1.50 a bird around my parts. I can get year old ones for 65 cents. Usually they will lay very well for a while. Just depends on your conditions.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

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    I believe they're about ready to stop laying and go through a molt that will stop egg production for weeks to months, then when they start up again, production will be less. It would be cheaper to raise babies than feed these til they start again.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

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    BTW...

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  5. Mr_Jeff

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    I wouldn't buy them. Those birds are ready for the stew pot. Chances are that this guy knows exactly what he is doing and is just getting rid of old hens. Shame on him, if that is the case.
     

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