Old hen/ young hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Vugaris, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. Vugaris

    Vugaris Out Of The Brooder

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    I have read that hens usually only lay until they are around 3 years of age and then they stop. Is this true, and is there a way to tell how old a hen is (without knowing her background)?

    Thank you
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    They don't stop laying. They slow down as they age. After about 2-3 years old. Some people lucky enough to have chicken for 10-15 years have said they still get an occasional egg.
    I don't have any idea how to tell their age. Maybe some one else can answer that.


    Imp
     
  3. Wild Chicken

    Wild Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm also interested in knowing if you can tell the age of a hen. We purchased 3 supposed juvenile self blue d'uccles that still haven't laid, they were supposedly from this spring's hatch. So either they just haven't laid yet, or they are older and slowing down. [​IMG]
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Last year I bought spring hatch pullets in June. They didn't start laying till December.

    Imp
     
  5. sammysam

    sammysam Out Of The Brooder

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    wondering the same thing. I just bought some australorps that are supposedly six months old but not sure. Had them for 3 weeks and still no eggs. Is it possible to tell their age?
     

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