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


In 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?

Happy Chooks

Free Ranging
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Jul 9, 2009
Northern CA
My Coop
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.

Folly's place

11 Years
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


9 Years
Aug 21, 2013
The Hudson Valley, NY State
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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