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monty

  • Joined Jul 2008
HENS
« on: July 20, 2008, 08:47:49 pm »
HI IM NEW TO HENS I GOT A FEW MARANS AN SOME CREAM LEGBARS WHATS THERE LIFESPAN AN WILL THEY LAY ALL THERE LIFE???
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Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: HENS
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2008, 09:01:39 am »
Hi, Monty

We have some Rhode Island Reds that are about 5-6 years old. We regard them as pensioners and hoist the flag if they lay. Eventually they will stop completely.

Hens lay best in their first season when they can lay 260 plus eggs; output will drop after that by about 20% per year.


The Chicken Lady

  • Joined Mar 2008
  • Cheshire
Re: HENS
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2008, 09:24:28 am »
The cream legbars will proberbly only lay for the summer months. I agree with the other replies regarding life span and laying generally.
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