Although the production of eggs will naturally decrease by roughly 10% each year, most hens will only stop laying eggs after 6 or 7 years of age. You’ve likely heard this 1 to 2-year myth because commercial farms usually kill their egg-laying hens when they’re 1 to 2-years of age.
If your chickens are not eating the dietary requirements they need to lay eggs, the production will stop. If you know your girls are getting the right food and plenty of fresh water but your eggs have stopped flowing, the problem may be as simple as Brooding. A couple more items to think about: disruptions to the flock, old age, and molting.
Why have my chickens stopped laying eggs?
A few of the reasons hens stop laying are: They may be getting too old. They may be molting, which is a normal process that all hens go through every year. The weather may be too hot or too cold for them to lay eggs. There could be something wrong with them and they need to see a vet., and more items.
How to know when your chickens will start laying eggs?
Signs Your Hen is Ready to Lay. Consider the Age of Your Chickens. Hens aren’t born ready to lay eggs from day one. How is your hen interacting with the rest of the flock? A couple more items to take a look at: look at the physical characteristics of your hen, your hen will begin to squat, she will start to explore the nesting area, and your hens may be hungrier than normal.
How old should chickens be when they start laying eggs?
Five to seven months old is the minimum age chickens tend to start laying eggs. The time of year is also a factor in egg production. Like humans, hens are unable to produce if they don’t have a proper diet. Some extra ideas to pay attention too are a final consideration we’ll discuss is their environment, environment, and many factors in egg production.