*your* oldest chicken still laying?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mac_chooks, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. mac_chooks

    mac_chooks In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2007
    SF Bay Area
    We'll be getting chickens for pets as well as for eggs. How long would we expect out chooks to live and past year 2, what sort of egg laying?

    I changed the subject to solicit replies. I'm really curious -- especially urban chicken folks who plan to have a few birds for a while. We're getting three: an Ameraucana, a Golden Laced Wyandotte and an Australorp (not sure about the third necessarily). If they live 10 years and only lay well for three then I'll still keep them as pets but it just won't be as ... eggy.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2007
  2. DoctorGoose

    DoctorGoose Songster

    Jul 27, 2007
    My BR hen lived for 7 years before she was eaten by a predator. She layed until she was around 4--and after that, we couldn't find any eggs, so I guess she stopped laying then!
  3. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Songster

    Mar 30, 2007
    Belleville, Kansas
    This subject came up before and amazed me. On the last post asking this, the answers were one member on here that lives in Australia that has a hen that is about 16 years old and still occasionally lays. Another lived in New York and had 3 hens that were 9 years and still laying. So it CAN happen!

    Last edited: Sep 4, 2007
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Obelisk the Tormentor was 4 on her birthday on Memorial Day and she was laying until her moult, which is still ongoing.[​IMG]

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