layers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hdchicken, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. hdchicken

    hdchicken Out Of The Brooder

    13
    0
    22
    Apr 20, 2011
    What signs do i look for other than egg production when a chicken has reached maximun production age? someone said their legs start turnning whiter??????
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    This depends on so many factors, but with many modern strains, they lay super well for the first two years, then, go into a decline that continues through life. Individual hens will vary. If your hen is two years old, is losing color in her legs, she has quite likely beginning to her long decline.

    With some strains, bred specifically for early and heavy lay, year three will show a rather dramatic drop off of production.
     
  3. hdchicken

    hdchicken Out Of The Brooder

    13
    0
    22
    Apr 20, 2011
    Thanks
     
  4. hdchicken

    hdchicken Out Of The Brooder

    13
    0
    22
    Apr 20, 2011
    When i got them i did not know the age and someone told me about the leg trick...i thought he was messing around with me.
     
  5. AKsmama

    AKsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    921
    1
    121
    Jun 20, 2010
    South Carolina
    Nope, he was right. . . it's called bleaching sequence. Gail Damerow explains it well in Storey's Guide To Raising Chickens.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by