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How Long Do Chickens Lay Eggs? We just bought a new run of chicks to freshen out our egg layer at the house. So I wanted to take a few minuets to share why I am doing this. I do not enjoy brooding chicks, it is a lot of work, and if it was not necessary I would not cycle my chickens out.
How Long Do Chickens Lay Eggs?
The simple truth is that a chicken lays fewer eggs the older it gets. When a chicken is born it has all of the eggs that will ever lay already inside if themselves in a micro level. This means a for the most part a chicken will be able to lay anywhere from 1400 to 1600 eggs in its life time. This means a chicken will lay eggs for an average of 5 to 7 years. A chicken will start laying eggs around 9 months of age and continue very steady for many years.
I have found that after two and a half to three years, the egg production becomes less steady. Keeping this in mind, I try to cycle out our chickens every two to three years. This is a great time to cycle for several reasons, mostly is that it gives you options. If you would like to eat the chickens, then the 2 year mark is where they start to get less appetizing.
When chickens slow down egg production
The reason that it is such a good time cycle out, is that the chickens are actually viable still and makes a great way to help someone else get into raising their own chickens. The biggest reason people will not raise chicks is that they do not want to deal with the chicks, but a lot of folks would take some older birds that do not need kept in a brooder box and go right out to the chicken coop. This helps build relationship with your neighbors and friends. I never charge for the birds and people are always super excited to get the.
Remember when selecting your new birds to keep the production of your old chickens in mind. If you had a breed that did better than another, maybe you consider getting more of them. Do not keep getting a breed that does not perform for you, just because you like the look of the bird. Go ahead and get one or two if that’s what you like, but build your flock with mostly productive birds.
To close out this post I will leave you with some advice. Do not give birds to new flock owners that have problems. Weather it is health, aggression, or any other reason, handle it yourself do not pass on problems to the newbies.