Oh my we've been trying to wait it out but most of my girls are almost 3 (this is our first flock of chickens btw) … and I'm getting 2-4 eggs a day from 13 hens. I do not see any evidence of health issues. They began their 2nd molt in September and it went on forever! Here we are in January and still only 2-4 eggs a day.. and I live in FL so I do not think it really is a cool weather thing...
I have a mixed breed flock and my white leghorns (2yo) haven't let up … but the rest have. I knew this day would come but now I'm not sure the best thing to do. We cannot house unproductive chickens indefinitely.
Fwiw I have children … ages 5-17. I want to be sensitive to them (as the chickens are our only pets) … but at the same time my purpose for having them is eggs.
My older son (16yo) will help me cull them … I'm wondering if I should wait until we get chicks and they are close to laying. Then the new birds might distract my kids from losing the older ones.
I do have two coops. I big coop and run where my flock resides and then a small coop/run for raising chicks or housing a bird who is injured/sick (never had that happen, thankfully).
Any insights? words of wisdom?
Edited by 10xmama - 1/16/16 at 3:37pm