How old is old for a hen ??

kbreak

Chirping
8 Years
Nov 1, 2011
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93
Columbia, MS
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>
 

Wnunezcruz

Chirping
8 Years
Aug 28, 2011
188
0
89
Tennessee
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.
 

gallusdomesticus

Songster
12 Years
Nov 14, 2008
413
63
231
Lynn Haven, FL
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.
 

Mr. Barred Rock

Chirping
9 Years
May 6, 2011
15
8
76
Unger West Virginia
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
 

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