What on earth would I do on these cold winter days if not for my journal, and my ever-questioning readers? Here's the question asked in comment:
Your eggs come from commercial operations where the hens are each kept separately in tiny cages for their entire egg-laying life... which consists of less than one year. These hens never get to scratch in the dirt or take dust baths, or any of the things chickens enjoy. They eat, lay an egg almost every day, and poop. Nice life, eh?
If you hatch chicks in spring so that they're old enough to begin laying eggs in the fall, somewhere around September or October, they will lay throughout that first winter. In my experience, they will never again lay in wintertime after that one time. Which is why the commercial egg-factories get rid of their hens before the second winter and replace them with a new batch.
Now I've had homesteaders tell me that if you keep a light in the hen-house and feed the chickens certain kinds of foods, etc., older hens will lay through winter. That never worked for me, but more power to those who can get it done.
You'll find those retired hens in your Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup, or in other canned foods that use chicken products. Because retired laying hens are too tough and skinny to be used for fryers or baking.
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