How to in courage old hens to lay???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicky Crazy, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. Chicky Crazy

    Chicky Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2013
    My hens are two years old and their slowing down a lot. I'm wondering if there's anything I can do to encourage them?
     
  2. littlelizajane

    littlelizajane Out Of The Brooder

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    I have no idea but I'm following your post as I want to know what happens as the chickens get older... I'm a newbie just getting my first eggs.
     
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Are they beginning a molt?
     
  4. Chicky Crazy

    Chicky Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2013
    One has already molted. But the others haven't.
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2014
  5. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you add light? If not 2 year old chickens will probably not lay much from fall through December. They should pick up in January, but they will never lay as much as their first 2 years.
     
  6. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Agreed, if your nights are getting longer, your birds may slow down.

    Do a little research, chickens need 12 - 16 hours of light, depending on conditions, to continuously stimulate their glands to lay.
     
  7. littlelizajane

    littlelizajane Out Of The Brooder

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    What do you do after the hens become so old they are no longer laying eggs? I understand it's a cruel world and some people kill and eat them.. LOL... is that the only choice? Can you take them somewhere and have someone ELSE do that part for you? At what point do you look at starting over with chicks so you have new ones to replace the old ones that are not going to continue laying eggs?
     
  8. littlelizajane

    littlelizajane Out Of The Brooder

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    What exactly is the lifespan of a chicken?
     
  9. Chicky Crazy

    Chicky Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2013
    I got chicks this year because my hen are two. So they can take over.
     
  10. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I butcher and eat my hens after their second laying season.
     

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