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Will she lay again??

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Ok so I have a Dominique hen, she is about 3 years old now, every spring and late summer/early fall she got broody. I felt bad for her so I gave her 2 fertile eggs and she hatched them. The babies are now about 4 or 5 months old and look pretty mature. She hasn't laid any more eggs since they hatched, she was our best layer, it's kind of a dumb question but will she lay again with them in the same coop as her or do I need to separate them for a bit? Any info is appreciated!
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She will lay again. If they are 4-5 months old, then based on that time frame right around the time she should have started laying again she would probably have been molting. And then of course winter set in and most hens will take a while to recover from the collective molt and cold front. Not to mention having to recover from the stresses of brooding before any of that.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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