I aquired 2 silver laced wyandotte hens Dec 11.The person was moving out of state in April and they stopped laying for the winter so instead of feeding them til they moved,they rehomed sooner. My sister got one as well. When we got them,they were all finishing a molt. So I expected no eggs. Even all winter actually. It's been super cold,and less daylight hours. A few weeks ago,my sis processed some chickens, and culled her slw. The insides showed no signs of starting laying any time soon! So being beginning of feb,i figured i'd let my girls stick around. Well the past few weeks,has been more spring like,her ducks,geese chickens and even a bantam all started laying. My 2 arent even squatting.
They eat 2/3 chick feed,1/3 corn. It was cold,i wanted them to have that for extra energy. But should still have enough protein in a day.
I thought about being sold old layers, but with their molting when they did and the underdeveloped eggs inside the processed one,i do believe they were got at tractor supply in april like they said. With that said, they are coming up on a year old! Why no eggs? I'm getting frustrated feeding freeloaders! I bought older hens for a reason!