How Old Will the stop reproducing?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by koakritters, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. koakritters

    koakritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old will hens stop laying eggs? my little frizzle is only 2 and a half and she stopped laying eggs last year, and hasn't laid any in over a year. The crested hen i got that was born same day as her is still laying eggs.
    Also anyone know anything about him?

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    He was given to me after being dumped on my friend's farm, and now that he's giving me fertile eggs, i should probably know what he actually is so i know what the chicks are... I'm sure someone here can tell me. [​IMG] I'm not that well versed on chicken breeds, I only know the ones I've bought myself. Is there a way to tell how old he is or anything? And how old will roosters be before they stop producing? Thanks.
     
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  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    can't help you with the breed, but he is pretty!
     
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I have 5 year olds still shooting out eggs like a slot machine. I think it depends on the breed, genetics and the general health of the bird.

    I cull for egg laying ability, so these 5 year olds aren't just laying sporadically...they lay every day or every other, depending on the chicken. Any chicken that doesn't lay that frequently gets cut from my flock.
     
  4. cochicks

    cochicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are 3 and working hard! All winter they've given us 4-5 each per week.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I have six year old ees that just started back up. A lot depends on the breeds--silkies and cresteds aren't known for being great layers to start with. My breeds are geared toward laying.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Many hens lay throughout their lifetime at a decreasing rate as they age. The rooster is an attractive crossbred. Many/most roosters remain fertile throughout their lifetime.
     

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