Very old laying hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jefff120, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. jefff120

    jefff120 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an americauna hen she is almost six years old and today I watched her lay an egg is there anyway I can permanetly stop her from laying anymore eggs to prevent any sickness of injuries do to egg laying ie (egg bound)
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    It is highly unlikely that she will have egg laying problems. These situations are more likely in crosses developed for high egg production. I have had hens lay into their teens with no problems.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    You can have a hysterectomy but people usually only do that if the hen has been having serious egg laying problems like peritonitis - and I'm sure it's expensive.

    The issues in the below article can happen at any age.
    http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/egglaying-troubles-eggbinding-and-vent-prolapse.html

    As hens age, egg shells get thinner but a healthy bird shouldn't have problems.
    I wouldn't call a 6 year old hen "very old". I have a several hens that are 5, laying well and among my primary breeders.
    Hens can lay for 10 years or more.
     

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