Very old laying hen

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

  1. jefff120

    jefff120 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2013
    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

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    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 True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    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.

    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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