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I have 9 buff orpingtons that are 1 1/2 years old.  They have stopped laying and went through a very mild molt.  Two weeks ago one of them layed a paper thin egg that they broke.  They are fed a good lay pellet and crushed oyster shells.  I am ready to get rid of them.  They are beautiful hens.  Do I need a rooster for them to lay or do they need to free range the yard.  They are in an enclosed coop because we have coyotes and possums.  If someone has an answer, please shoot me an email at bpelt228@bellsouth.net.

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I have 9 buff orpingtons that are 1 1/2 years old.  They have stopped laying and went through a very mild molt.  Two weeks ago one of them layed a paper thin egg that they broke.  They are fed a good lay pellet and crushed oyster shells.  I am ready to get rid of them.  They are beautiful hens.  Do I need a rooster for them to lay or do they need to free range the yard.  They are in an enclosed coop because we have coyotes and possums.  If someone has an answer, please shoot me an email at bpelt228@bellsouth.net.

Most chickens stop laying when they molt, they'll also stop laying in the fall and don't start up again until spring where the days get shorter because they need a minimum of 12-14 hours daylight unless you supplement their light. As for the soft shelled egg, it's not uncommon for little hiccups here and there, especially if they stopped laying for a period of time. Their bodies need to adjust.

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I have 1 fat cat, and raise true black/blue, silver, white and wheaten Ameraucanas, runmpless araucana, Olive eggers, speckled sussex, wheaten and copper marans, lavender orpingtons, 1 pet delaware hen, white crested and buff laced polish, 1 pet barred rock hen,1 ring neck cock pheasant, 6 ring neck hens, 4 guinea fowl, a smorgasbord of turkeys, 2 kids, and 1 husband.
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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on Firekin1's post. Also, you don't need a rooster for your hens to lay. In fact, hens frequently lay better when they are not stressed by having a rooster around. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.

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Firekin has given you good advice,  so I will just say   Welcome to Backyard chickens, glad to have you join us.

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Great advice given..

 

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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Welcome to the BYC flock!  We are glad you joined us!

 

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