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I'm still getting used to raising chickens, so please excuse my ignorance on the subject. ūüėĀ I'm sure everyone is aware of the recent "1000 Year Flood" to hit my great State, and it's been absolutely horrible for the families and individuals in parts. My flock was laying well throughout the rains and crazy temperature fluctuations, but now that it's sunny and warm, as the Carolinas usually are this time of year, my hens have suddenly stopped laying altogether! We've checked the coop and run throughly after cleaning from all the water and fixed any holes caused. They've been on the same scheduled feeding times and diet (my wife has snuck some mealworms out from time to time) and always have clean fresh water. I'm considering molting but have not a clue how early it can start. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking.
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How old are they?
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That part is kinda up in the air. I acquired them from my aunt who was relocating. She has hatched most of them and thinks they range from a year to 1.5 years.
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Howdy neighbor!  My prayers are with you during this difficult time.  Your chickens may have stopped laying or you have snakes or mice getting your eggs before you can.   Or, as you suggested, they are getting ready to molt.  Mine have started and I may or may not get eggs for days at a time.  What breed do you have?

 

Good luck and be safe.

Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 1 horses: Zane Grey , 4 cockatiels:  Nutter Butter, Crystal, Kiki, Marco. 2 parakeets:  The Lemon Drop twins.  1 eccentric peacock:  George. 1 pet terrapin:  Mr. Tuttle. And 12 world famous Jersey Giants hens! Also 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster:  Lying Larry.  2 Black Copper Hens:  Moe, and Curly. Blue Copper Marans rooster:  Son of Steele.  Jersey Giant...

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Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 1 horses: Zane Grey , 4 cockatiels:  Nutter Butter, Crystal, Kiki, Marco. 2 parakeets:  The Lemon Drop twins.  1 eccentric peacock:  George. 1 pet terrapin:  Mr. Tuttle. And 12 world famous Jersey Giants hens! Also 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster:  Lying Larry.  2 Black Copper Hens:  Moe, and Curly. Blue Copper Marans rooster:  Son of Steele.  Jersey Giant...

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It seems to be the time of year for molting. mine are 18 months old...  I went from  11 eggs a day to 5 a day... and  from looking at their coop I could make many feather pillows!  Im in NC  and I feel you on that  rain!   Last weekend was awful! Good Look  and maybe you will start seeing a bunch of feathers soon!

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Howdy neighbor!  My prayers are with you during this difficult time.  Your chickens may have stopped laying or you have snakes or mice getting your eggs before you can.   Or, as you suggested, they are getting ready to molt.  Mine have started and I may or may not get eggs for days at a time.  What breed do you have?

Good luck and be safe.
Thank you. It was definitely touch and go earlier this week with everyday life. It seems to improve a little everyday. They are a mixed flock of Game, Australorp, a Cochin and a couple Wyandotte. I was thinking mice and snakes as well. I can't figure out, if it is one of those, how they would remove the eggs. I can't imagine a snake with a huge egg in him squeezing through any of the fencing and haven't seen any broken shells.
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