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It does sound like they're molting. Molting is a time of rest and a recharging of the internal batteries, so to speak. My opinion is it's best to not give them extra lighting during a molt, so they can better recharge. Especially for older hens like yours. The extra protein is a great idea, they'll need it to build new feathers.

On the topic of molting, some birds shed a few feathers and others go nearly naked.

Agrees.

Supplemental lighting works best when ramped up slowly starting in late August or mid September as stated previously,

sudden changes in amount of light can be stressful and have unwanted consequences.

It also takes several or more weeks for the increased light to have an effect on the hormone production that controls laying. 

 

Here's a pretty good article on supplemental lighting. 

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Update!! I have gotten 2 eggs per day since Monday and I got a 3 eggs today! They're finally laying. smile.png Some of the birds are definitely molting though. I know that my leghorn is laying and I think that 2 of the red sex links are laying. smile.png yay!!!! EGGGSSS
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The key to a happy flock is to be there for them. You have to do your job so they can do theirs. Your coop layout is also important. It doesn't have to be fancy just functional.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/just-a-chicken-coop Is an example of it.
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The key to a happy flock is to be there for them. You have to do your job so they can do theirs. Your coop layout is also important. It doesn't have to be fancy just functional.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/just-a-chicken-coop Is an example of it.
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Update!! I have gotten 2 eggs per day since Monday and I got a 3 eggs today! They're finally laying. smile.png Some of the birds are definitely molting though. I know that my leghorn is laying and I think that 2 of the red sex links are laying. smile.png yay!!!! EGGGSSS

 

Glad for you!

 

Ours are certainly slowing down, due to the shorter days. Three days ago, we got 5 eggs, then 1, then 2 and today 0 eggs! We haven't had a 0 egg day in over a year!! But they aren't like a vending machine...they will have ups and downs.

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Glad for you!

Ours are certainly slowing down, due to the shorter days. Three days ago, we got 5 eggs, then 1, then 2 and today 0 eggs! We haven't had a 0 egg day in over a year!! But they aren't like a vending machine...they will have ups and downs.

Lol vending machines. I just wasn't sure if the guy sold me non layers. He also told me one of my hens is a rooster. Except I watched her lay an egg today. Lololol I looked at him like he grew a second head when he said she is a rooster.
Edited by Stehiiboo - 10/24/15 at 1:03pm
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