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What to do with chickens when they stop laying eggs

What do you do when your chicken quits laying? Regularly, this is essential for the occasional cycle, however here and there it could be more. This is what to do with chickens when they stop laying eggs


A chicken (called a pullet until she is a year old), starts laying eggs when she is around 18 to 20 weeks old or something like that. A few varieties start when they are more seasoned, notwithstanding.

Sound chickens lay eggs most dependably in their initial 2 to 3 years. From that point forward, egg creation will tighten.

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What to do with chickens that stop laying eggs


Most hens will lay one egg for each day, however factors like climate, daylength, nourishment, and the presence of hunters will influence day by day egg creation. Egg laying is generally reliant on the length of the day, and most hens will quit laying when they get less than 12 hours of light.

When precisely this will happen relies upon the chicken, however. The greater part of our own went “off lay” as the days became more limited in the fall and the seasons changed. They laid less and less eggs until, at some point, they basically halted.

A couple of kept on lying irregularly all through the cool, dim long stretches of winter, albeit a large portion of those eggs solidified and broke before we got out to gather them. (All things considered, we offered them to the canine, typically crude and right on the spot. He had a dazzling, sparkling coat, however created sulfurous gas at inconvenient minutes.)

We found that our old hens typically produce less eggs, yet bigger ones. In a creation run, this is an issue since consistency of flexibly and size is significant. In the home run, what difference does it make? (Another favorable position to old hens: they’re utilized to you and are less eccentric and panicky.)

At the point when Chickens Stop Laying for the Winter

You can broaden the laying time frame for your hens by putting a light snared to a clock in the hen house. This will give the hens several additional long periods of counterfeit light, yet the normal example for most hens is to quit laying in the colder time of year.


Chicken life expectancies change broadly, with most hens by and large living somewhere in the range of 3 and 7 years. Notwithstanding, with ideal consideration, they may live much more.

In the event that a chicken is remained careful from hunters (counting canines) and doesn’t have hereditary issues, they can positively live 10 to 12 years of age.


Before you read this part, comprehend that this article isn’t about chickens as pets however as livestock. Accepting obligation as a little ranch proprietor implies tolerating the full pattern of life. Ranchers don’t acquire chickens to vets a similar route as a family pet (except if you have not many chickens); a large portion of us should be set up to deal with both the births and the passings ourselves.

As the hens go off lay, you have a few methodologies.

  1. One alternative, particularly on the off chance that you have not many chickens, is to permit the more established hen to add to the ranch in different manners.

More established hens are incredible bug catchers. Envision having a wandering mosquito and tick eater!

They help control weeds in your blossom beds and vegetable nursery.

They are superior to youthful hens at looking for hunters.

They contribute nitrogen-rich fertilizer for the nursery.

They are better broodies, entirely substance to sit in a settling box on a grip of eggs, in contrast to numerous more youthful young ladies.

They will in general be extraordinary moms, having had the experience!

Note: It is critical to watch out for more established hens so they’re not pecked by the more youthful, feistier young ladies. You may likewise need to bring down their perch and give some additional glow and solace.

  1. Another alternative is to cook your chickens as meat chickens.

Year-old hens typically aren’t sufficiently delicate to broil and more established hens will in general have intense meat so we are discussing a ton of chicken stew.

The more compassionate methodology is to give them the colder time of year off and pause. They’ll start laying again in the spring.

(I’ve heard individuals state that they couldn’t keep chickens since “you need to murder them when they quit laying eggs.” false. We never murdered a hen just on the grounds that she quit laying.)

  1. The third alternative is to accommodatingly discard a chicken.

Regardless of whether you choose to keep your laying hens until they pass on of mature age, you will in the long run need to discard a chicken. Perhaps you’ll have a wiped out winged creature or a hen harmed by a hunter—mishaps do occur. On the off chance that a chicken’s life needs to end, we need to do it as effortlessly as could be expected under the circumstances. There are two basic ways:

Wring its neck. You must be fast and strong to abstain from causing torment. We’ve never done this.

We utilize a fast hack to slit the chicken’s jugular. A hatchet and a square (a stump or overturned round of kindling will do, as long as it’s steady) are likely the least complex strategy for individuals new to this deep rooted practice.

There are several different ways to spellbind or quiet the chicken.

One is to put the chicken bosom down on a level surface while holding its legs. Wave a bit of chalk before the chicken’s mouth until you have the winged animal’s consideration, at that point draw a line straight out from the bill for 12 to 18 inches. The winged animal will zero in on the line and not move or fold.

An other technique which appears to be simpler is to lay the fledgling on its side, with one wing under it. Tap your finger in front once at the purpose of the snout (however not contacting), at that point around four crawls before the bill. Continue rotating taps until the fledgling quiets down keeps still.

To keep it as effortless as could reasonably be expected, ensure you improve your point by beating two long nails into the stump, far enough separated to traverse the chicken’s neck yet close enough together to shield its head from falling through. Apply enough strain to the legs to extend the neck and keep the winged creature set up. At that point utilize the hatchet. On the off chance that you expect to eat the chicken, hold it up by the legs to allow the blood to deplete. There will fold, yet have confidence that the flying creature is dead and doesn’t feel any torment.

Have a pot of burning (140° to 160°F) water prepared. On the off chance that you don’t have a thermometer, you can tell that the water is sufficiently hot in the event that you can see your face reflected in it. Plunge the fledgling for 20 to 30 seconds. Subsequently, you can clear the quills off with your hand. Cleave off the feet, at that point cut around the cloaca (rear-end—chickens utilize a similar opening for discharge and egg-laying), being mindful so as not to scratch the digestive organs, and scoop the innards out with your hand. Flush with cold water. On the off chance that you can complete the entirety of this quickly while the stove preheats, you can cook the feathered creature promptly; something else, let it rest for 24 hours, until meticulousness mortis unwinds.

Individuals who raise their own food know where it originates from, what’s gone into it, and how it’s been dealt with. Regardless of whether your chickens are at last proposed for the table or slaughtered basically to end torment or ailment and afterward covered in the back forty, recollect that this is your duty as a little ranch proprietor. Doing it, and doing it well, implies that you’re giving a valiant effort by your fowls.

What to do with chickens when they stop laying eggs

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