How Old is to OLD for a Hen to Lay ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Farmlife4me, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. Farmlife4me

    Farmlife4me Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering at what age does a hen stop laying eggs ? I have a silkie that is well over 7mths. and she only lays 1 egg every other day . Now I have a roo who knows he is a ROO ! [​IMG] But still only 1 egg every other day ? ( nothing fertile, and I have seen with my [​IMG] the shared moment between them) Is it the breed or is she getting up in chicken age ? Thank you . The roo is about the same age if not a mth. younger .
     
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    An egg every other day is quite good. Seven months is very young for a hen so she may just be getting started.
     
  3. chseeads

    chseeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2009
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    At 7 months she's still just a spring chicken. [​IMG] Hens may slack off from their peak production after a couple years or so, but they'll continue to lay indefinitely as far as that goes.

    Silkies are not big layers, so at every other day she's probably doing a pretty good job.
     
  4. melody123

    melody123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 5 year old hen that still lays regularly. She does like to take egg laying 'vacations' though for a few weeks at a time. But then goes back to egg laying. But she is a fiesty, arrogant, aracauana who never does what she is supposed to do anyway.

    At 7 months, your hen is still just a teenager. She has years of egg laying ahead of her.
     
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Quote:Wow I don't think my roo laid an egg yet - he's 3 years old! [​IMG]










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  6. KKatknap

    KKatknap Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. claud

    claud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think silkies are normally very good egg layers.

    I have a ~10 year old production red that still lays an egg a few times a week in the summer for a few months.
     
  8. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Quote:Wow I don't think my roo laid an egg yet - he's 3 years old! [​IMG]










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    Aww, be nice to the newbies! Sometimes they don't appeciate teasing!
     
  9. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2009
    Dead.... that is the age they are all guaranteed to stop laying.
     
  10. chseeads

    chseeads Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2 Breaded Silkies

    If they're breaded it's no wonder they don't lay very well...... [​IMG]


    Just kiddin....I know it's supposed to be Bearded...




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