Egg Laying Flock Retirement Ladies

Laying flock of chickens

Retiring Egg Laying Flock Description

The bottom of the page shows a selection of our egg laying flock that are due for retirement. Our retirement ladies come from our egg-producing flock and most are still laying but won’t be expected to lay an egg every day. When a chicken gets older, then her laying capacity will tail off. Some might even lay very infrequently. They are all in good health and would like to find a nice home, preferably in a small laying flock so that they can enjoy their well-earned rest.

Our retirement “policy”

All our girls get to live out their lives here till their natural demise if they are not re-homed. None are ever “dispatched” just because they no longer lay enough, or lay at all. Egg numbers are not that important to us, their good health is. Our retirement option is not a “rescue hen” situation because their fate is not in dispute or at risk. They get to live their full natural lifespan either way.

What to expect from our retirement girls

Our retirement selection is usually done in Autumn. As they have been with a cockerel for some time they could be looking a little “careworn” for example, they may look somewhat scruffy. Cockerels are truly magnificent birds, but their “bedroom manners” are not very tender. As they mate every 10 minutes, they do cause some feather damage or loss at times to our girls. When a cockerel has a favourite (usually the easiest or most submissive hen) then she will have more feather loss than most. The feather loss pattern will be around the top of their heads and mid backs due to being firmly grasped and trodden on by the cock bird. Feathers will grow back in a few weeks with some TLC, a good diet, and some girly “me” time. Depending on the time of year some hens may be in moult (annual phenomenon) and as a result may resemble a hedgehog in parts while they are in the process of growing their new finery. They are all in excellent health.

Hens are priced individually according to age and breed. Please ask for details of our availability as it changes regularly. See below for the individual birds profiles. Hopefully they will be living with you soon 🙂

Laying Flock Breed Size

They are all classified as large fowl. Some are light and some are heavy.

Breed Temperament

All our egg-laying flock are pretty docile with no real squabbles going on. They are all good-natured girls.

Eggs

You may get some eggs from these girls below. They are medium sized and blue.

Chickens Currently Looking for Retirement

We have three Araucana ladies. One in blue one in black and the other is lavender. All were hatched in 2018 and they are currently going through a moulting period. They had been laying well until the moult happened. I cannot guarantee that they will lay to the same degree or if at all. The hens are £20 each. They have quite a wary temperament. The blue especially is not particularly happy in human company. Blue Araucana also goes broody and can be very possessive of the nest box. She often gets dragged out of the box by her feathers by the other hens which causes her a great deal of feather loss at certain times of the year. Her feather condition currently is quite good as she is just finishing her moult and she hasn’t been broody since August.

The Araucana above is a Lavender but she is not mine. My lavender has a beard and so does the black. The blue looks more like the lavender in the picture above except her colour is darker. Araucana commonly have just crests or facial ear tufts or beards or a mixture of them all.