I have a hen that is probably about 2 & 1/2 years old. She's not laying anymore. Is this average age to stop laying or is something wrong?
Actually she is a sex link. Is that it then? I didn't know that about the breed.Bird_slave said:Is it time for her yearly molt? She could also be on her yearly winter break. You don't mention breed but no, I don't consider 2 1/2 to be an average age for a hen to stop laying for good; except for maybe in some of the high production breeds like sex links.
Sex links tend to burn out early, or I should say earlier than the heritage breeds. I seriously doubt she's quit for good, as in finished, the end. She's likely on her winter break (or getting ready to start a molt) and will resume laying as the number of daylight hours starts to increase again; just at a reduced rate.Actually she is a sex link. Is that it then? I didn't know that about the breed.
Yes, sometimes molting is not very obvious. I've only once had a hen molt hard. I usually get a slower lose a few, grow a few feathers. And little slow down in laying.One more question that may be clueless. Can a hen be in molt stage but not loose feathers?