What can we do about Henopause ? Non layers need love too

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Robynhar, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. Robynhar

    Robynhar Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 12, 2015
    I have a senior hen that does not lay. I purchased her with the other 3, and the owner said she didn't lay as much but if I didn't want her they could stew her (accchhh) So I brought her home, she doesn't lay but she is quite hysterical in personality. And a heck of a gardener. She has no value, or so I am told, but she is family. How long will she live? I am thinking she doesn't lay because she is a senior.....could there be another reason? I have studied health issues, and take serious care of them. Anyone else experience Henopause?
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I have two almost 7 year old hens that no longer lay. They are my original birds, so they have a home here for life. My light brahma earned her keep last summer by going broody and raising babies. I have heard of some that have 10 year old birds.
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    She may be fine, and just paused or stopped entirely. She may have an issue that can't be fixed, but do well. I lost two ten year old hens this spring, that layed few or no eggs for years, but were happy until a couple of weeks before the end. Some birds stay here forever, some get eaten, and some move to other homes. Mary
  4. robhuncor

    robhuncor Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have an old Barnevelder hen, "Barnie Green", who will be 13 in February. She hasn't laid an egg in years - in fact was never much of a layer even in her prime - eggs small and scarce- but she is just as beautiful as she always was.

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