How to tell when a chicken will no longer lay eggs

squatfisher

Chirping
11 Years
Dec 30, 2008
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Is there a way to tell when a hen is past her prime for laying eggs? I've got about 40 chickens so I can't tell which ones are still laying or not. I heard somewhere that you could feel around on their underside and tell, but I didn't get any specifics
 

DianeB

Songster
12 Years
Mar 12, 2009
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I just looked at that webiste. According to the pictures my hens are okay layers. They are also in very good health.

Those pictures are also pretty sad. It seems like good layers put everything into lay and not much in their own health.

Since my hens are really pets, I am glad they slow down in winter, molt slowly and early and are not underweight or anemic. I pushing for them to make it to at least 12 years old.
 

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