There are a number of reasons your chickens might not be laying, so if you suspect there's something more to it than age, have a look at this list of other possible reasons your chickens aren't laying.
Debunking the 2-year mythYou might have heard that chickens stop laying after two years, and that's because egg farms usually only keep their layers for one to two years, not because they STOP laying, but because those girls might lay a couple fewer eggs a week. But for you, that doesn't matter too much, right? Laying one or two fewer eggs per week isn't usually important for hobbyists.
Is your hen pooped out?
How can you tell if your hen isn't laying?If you have a mixed-age flock, it may be tough to tell which birds are still laying and which aren't. Here are a few signs that you have a hen who isn't laying:
- Her combs and wattles have faded. An active layer will have deeply pigmented combs and wattles.
- Her legs have lots of pigment. The legs of a good layer may also be paler or "bleached" (in brown egg laying breeds with yellow legs).
- Her feather condition is fabulous. Hens who are good layers may also have broken feathers, simply because their bodies may put fewer resources into their plumage.