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laying longevity

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by snewman, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. snewman

    snewman Songster

    Feb 22, 2007
    Belleville, WI
    How long do chickens continue laying eggs? Is it years? Months? I assume productivity and viability diminish as they age, but what is an average expectancy for laying life?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    First few years is the best, tapers down for the few years after that, but someone on the board here had a hen lay and egg at age 16. So it will vary by breed. I say they will be the best in years 2-3, and taper from there.

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