Chickens Stopped Laying Eggs?

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We have three chickens that are almost three years old. Just before winter, they stopped laying eggs. Do chickens stop laying eggs at this age normally? If not, how can we get them to lay eggs again?

By JillyD from Sacramento, CA


February 8, 20100 found this helpful

I feed my hens egg-ration. You can get it from your local feed store. Egg-ration has everything a hen needs to lay eggs, lot of nutrients. Also you can feed chickens in general, crushed corn, a basic food. Good luck.

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February 8, 20100 found this helpful

Hi. My experience with chickens is that they always stop laying, or lay very few eggs in the winter.


Too cold, I guess. Just keep feeding them though, and they should start laying again in the winter.

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February 8, 20100 found this helpful

Chickens lay according to the length of the day. Summer is highest production and winter is less or none depending on where you live in the winter. That is why chicken farms housing layers have lights on for certain lengths of time so egg production doesn't fall off. Hope this helps. Oh by the way cheap chicken feed works just as good as expensive and turning them out on the yard for short periods of time in the afternoon makes them happier. We have 8 and a rooster.

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February 9, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you for the great feedback. We are feeding them "egg laying formula" food. We also let them out in the afternoon and they seem to enjoy that.


Good to know that they will lay again when the weather is warm. Who knew that chickens would make such great pets.

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