Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by courtyard92180, May 5, 2008.

  1. courtyard92180

    courtyard92180 Hatching

    Mar 16, 2008
    How do you know if your hens are too old to lay?
  2. alex

    alex Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    When they stop laying eggs.
  3. midget_farms

    midget_farms Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    When they stop laying eggs.

    now that was funny:lol:

    Chickens will stop laying eggs for many reasons. Going broody, or stress. They say a hen can live 10 years if you so desire, but egg production drops off after 1 year and again after 2. So the older the bird the less eggs. But she should still lay some eggs for her entire life, though it may be only 1 per week or less if she is really old.

    Most people replace the chickens when they get that old as it costs more to feed than you receive in eggs.​
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I have 6 year old hens still laying almost everyday ... They will stop when their molting season starts, when they are going Broody or stress over a move .....Each breed is different...and as they do get older will lay less and less...

    Most that want egg production either add new pullets every year to their flock or replace the hens every two years........
  5. Tutter

    Tutter Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    N. California
    I go by production drop, also; unless, as has already been mentioned, there's another factor.

    I've got experience with my breeds, so I know already which ones don't lay well in the cold weather etc.

    My 5 year olds are currently giving me 2-3 eggs per day, per 3 hens. But I know that they will eventually begin to drop off, so I'm bringing in chicks this year, so that by spring they will take over and the older girls can lay for as long as they like, or not. When mine stop laying as well, they are just retired, and live out the last of their lives in the same way they lived the first part.

    Do you have older hens?

    If so: Have they always been with you, and in the same coop? Have you brought in any new birds, or other animals? Have there been any break-in's of their area by predators? Are they slowing down? How old are they, and what are their breeds? [​IMG]

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