Lifespans and Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PepsNick, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    How long does the average hen lay eggs for? And what is the average lifespan of a hen?
     
  2. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on the breed--leghorns generally burn out in a year or two while some of the heavier breeds keep pumping them out a couple or 3 times a week until they are 4 or 5. I currently have a 5-year old Black Star that lays once a week and 2 4-year old araucanas that lay every other day or so. When I was concerned about max egg production with a small flock I'd get rid of them in before their 3rd molt.
     
  3. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Thanks, that's good dvice. When do they usually die?
     
  4. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are a couple of other threads on here about laying and age you can check. They usually succumb to predators or disease or plan old age at 5-6 years in my experience but if you're really vigilant they'll live longer.
     
  5. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    My Rhodies are about three years old and still pumping out eggs 6 days a week. I had a local poultry expert feel one of my gals pelvis and he claimed she was just about to go off lay - that was TWO months ago! Granted, we're seeing a quality lapse - one of them lays very rough (like fine grade sandpaper) shelled eggs and the other one lays eggs with bumps on them.

    Still delicious, though!
     
  6. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Wow! I don't have any RIRs, I've just got a bunch of mixed up breeds.
     

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