‘Spent layers’ or old hens are egg-laying birds that are past their prime whose output is increasingly irregular, rendering them economically inefficient. The cost of feed and inputs remains the same but their earning capacity is greatly reduced. Thus the birds which have completed their whole 75 wks laying phase is termed as “spent hen” and need to be culled to give room for the introduction of new batch of grower birds.
- In the intensive egg industry, which is all about efficiency and return, these hens are often given off for sale to a thriving old layer market in Nigeria especially targetted at the festive seasons.
Benefits of Purchasing Old Layers
- They are sold at comparatively cheaper prices than other mature birds.
- Healthy and strong old layers that have been inspected and well scrutinized for deformities and infections.
- Age is from 75 weeks.
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- Thriving market