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2 Yr Old Hens Stopped Laying

post #1 of 6
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Last Summer, when my hens were a little more than 18 months old, they started molting.  As expected, they stopped laying their eggs. They all started their molting at different times throughout the summer.  I think they are all done molting now and their feathers have mostly grown back.  However, they still have not returned to laying eggs.  Is there something I can do to encourage them to start laying again?

post #2 of 6

Chicken breed and a general location would probably help people provide better answers.

 

Here in SW Ohio, my Easter Eggers start molting in late fall( oct/nov) , and have just now got back into the egg laying routine.

post #3 of 6
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I am in SE Ohio just above Parkersburg, WV.  My concern is two fold, 1) They have not started laying again, and 2) They started molting last Summer, molted all through Winter, and are just now getting their feathers back.

 

They are now 2 yrs old, and they say that they only have 2 good years of egg laying.  This makes me wonder if they have stopped permanently, or can I expect them to eventually return to egg laying?

post #4 of 6

My concern would be that the feather loss you are attributing to molt might be vermin related.

That's a long time to molt.

Try increasing protein in feed, dust and worm also.

Just a suggestion, mites happen.

Good luck with a positive solution.

Chickens and turkeys in the backyard since 1984. They co-habitate with PB pigs (5) and barn cats. Only purebreds are Welsummers, SC Rhode Island White and Royal Palm Turkeys. APA. NRA.

You would be amazed what you can trade eggs for.

No woman ever shot her husband while he was doing the dishes.

Oh yeah, I got a nap for that.

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Chickens and turkeys in the backyard since 1984. They co-habitate with PB pigs (5) and barn cats. Only purebreds are Welsummers, SC Rhode Island White and Royal Palm Turkeys. APA. NRA.

You would be amazed what you can trade eggs for.

No woman ever shot her husband while he was doing the dishes.

Oh yeah, I got a nap for that.

Reply
post #5 of 6
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As recommended, over the Winter, I have supplement their feed with cat food to increase their protein.  I have cleaned their coop and boxes and sprinkled Seven everywhere.  If the next the step is to worm them, I have never done that and could use some instructions.

 

I should note that I also have 22 hens that are 1 year old within the same flock and they are laying their eggs fine.  I daily collect 22 - 25 eggs every day.


Edited by RickSr - 3/25/16 at 6:48am
post #6 of 6

OK good info.

I am unfamiliar with the breed so I will bow out and wait for someone who does.

Again, good luck with a positive solution.

Chickens and turkeys in the backyard since 1984. They co-habitate with PB pigs (5) and barn cats. Only purebreds are Welsummers, SC Rhode Island White and Royal Palm Turkeys. APA. NRA.

You would be amazed what you can trade eggs for.

No woman ever shot her husband while he was doing the dishes.

Oh yeah, I got a nap for that.

Reply

Chickens and turkeys in the backyard since 1984. They co-habitate with PB pigs (5) and barn cats. Only purebreds are Welsummers, SC Rhode Island White and Royal Palm Turkeys. APA. NRA.

You would be amazed what you can trade eggs for.

No woman ever shot her husband while he was doing the dishes.

Oh yeah, I got a nap for that.

Reply
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