How old is old for a hen ??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kbreak, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. kbreak

    kbreak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting some BCMs this week. when do BCMs start laying? How old would be to old (how long do they ususally lay )? I really want to start breeding them. Love the color of the eggs. From my research they are gentle tame birds>
     
  2. Wnunezcruz

    Wnunezcruz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will love copper marans! They lay beautiful chocolate colored eggs. They usually start laying when they are around 7-8 months old. I wouldnt buy any hems over 1.5 ears old because after 1 year they start slowing down on laying eggs. Also they older the maran hen the lighter the eggs.
     
  3. kbreak

    kbreak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you for the advice.
     
  4. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens start a rather straight line reduction of their egg laying after age two of about 10% a year. A four year old hen will lay about 80% of what a year old hen will lay. These numbers are from a Univ of Florida study of standard breed egglayers and jive with what I've experienced.
     
  5. mjlabs

    mjlabs Out Of The Brooder

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    I would keep the hens a few years at least......they wont slow much
     
  6. Mr. Barred Rock

    Mr. Barred Rock New Egg

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    Good Morning,
    I am looking for some more info on how old a chicken will be when they stop laying. I thought they would lay pretty much till they got old 15-20 years and died. I understand that the egg production drops with age. I read one article that said a chicken is born with x amount of eggs inside, when they are gone that's it about 2-2.5 years. If some one has some articles on this I would appreciate some links and wisdom.
    Thanks
     
  7. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no upper range for egg laying in a hen. She will decrease about 10% a year in production. My seven year old lays an egg a week with no signs of stopping. 15-20 years is a little optimistic for the life of a hen however. Very few make it to 10 years. The Guiness book of world records records the oldest hen living to 16.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matilda_(chicken)
     

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