my chicken wont stop laying eggs (additional info added)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hazelhen, May 5, 2009.

  1. hazelhen

    hazelhen New Egg

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    My chicken has laid more than any of our previous ones, how long can a hen continue to lay? Not for how many years but for how many days or months in a row? Our others became broody after less than two dozen eggs each time.
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2009
  2. Mourningdove

    Mourningdove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2008
    Cleveland, Tn.
    most people complain when their hens won't lay!
     
  3. jprice2ndlt

    jprice2ndlt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i read that a hen could lay up 20 years its rare but you never know.
     
  4. EricShane

    EricShane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ive never heard of a hen living that long... 0.o
     
  5. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Friend of mine told me about a 17yo chicken at her parents place which, I believe still lays.. Albeit not all that often.
     
  6. Jennie5193

    Jennie5193 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you mean consecutively?

    My RIR's lay every day. I've yet to see any of them take a day off!
     
  7. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    A friend of ours had a hen that laid up to her death at age 9. She laid 3 eggs a week every other month (regular pattern in an irregular sort of way [​IMG] ) towards the end.
     
  8. mailmamm

    mailmamm Out Of The Brooder

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    When I was young we had a RIR hen that lived about 10 years. She continued to lay up until she died. Not consistently and not regularly shaped eggs but she tried at least one a week. Her name was Clara and we decided that when she died she was so tough that no one would want to eat her. He ruled the hen house and the cows and the dogs. She was one protective chicken. Mom has a picture of me in the barnyard with Clara following my every move when I was about 3 years old.
     
  9. chickens3

    chickens3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old do chickens have to be to lay eggs jw?
     
  10. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most breeds of chickens start laying between 20-24 weeks. The average longevity of a hen is 7-10 years although most don't make it that long due to predators. If you go to google and type in world's oldest chicken, you'll find Guiness Book of World Records records a 16 year old hen as the world's oldest. This particular hen never laid an egg and one vet said that's why she lived so long.
     

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