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How Long after a Moult will Birds Start to Lay Eggs Again??

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So, I have four hens- three of which have recently gotten most of their feathers back.... how long before they start laying?

- Family with 2 beautiful daughters , 1 Black Mouth Cur, 2 Cats, and a flock of feathery ladies.

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- Family with 2 beautiful daughters , 1 Black Mouth Cur, 2 Cats, and a flock of feathery ladies.

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post #2 of 6

about a month or more.  my white leghorn molted for a month or so.

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My EE has been molting since Sept 1st no eggs yet and no hope in sight. I am very unhappy. She is squatting again thought maybe that means something.

Great husband, beautiful daughter, 2 EE, 4 RIR,1 BSL and 6 RSL
To God Be The Glory!
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Great husband, beautiful daughter, 2 EE, 4 RIR,1 BSL and 6 RSL
To God Be The Glory!
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post #4 of 6

I believe it's usually 3 months after a major molt.

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

9 hatchery and mutt hens

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

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Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

9 hatchery and mutt hens

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

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post #5 of 6

Well I don't understand all this molting for months business. Something just can't be right. My Dels have been and done and they are back up to par. Couldn't have been more than a couple of weeks.  Gradual slow down , gradual pick up, maybe a month tops.  There has to be something in your feed management program if it's taking months. I don't recall reading anything that said it takes months for them to pick back up. Lord have mercy how would anyone make any money on birds that lose months of laying?

If you haven't,  put them on a high protein diet to get those feather back asap. If they are not on a commercial layer they should be to kick start things. Reduce treats, chickens can fill up on junk just like us and not eat a healthy, get them to lay diet.

This takes into account that you haven't made any drastic changes in the flock or there has been no trauma to the flock. This includes a reduction of a roost mate.  Even a new person around can upset them. If aunt Mazie has come to visit that can upset them cuz Lord knows she's got all them worts. lau

Check your feeding system, or maybe you just need some Delawares. big_smile

Wish you the best
Rancher

Oh and one other thing, corn/scratch will help them generate heat for the cold nights if you live in the north. Make sure they go to bed with a full stomach.

 Oh we don't know what coming tomorrow, Maybe it's trouble and sorrow, but we'll travel the road

sharing the load , side by side.  

 
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 Oh we don't know what coming tomorrow, Maybe it's trouble and sorrow, but we'll travel the road

sharing the load , side by side.  

 
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Originally Posted by beachchickie 

My EE has been molting since Sept 1st no eggs yet and no hope in sight. I am very unhappy. She is squatting again thought maybe that means something.


My black Marans gave us her first egg-after-moulting yesterday, after about one month of no eggs due to moulting.  About one week of no eggs, I bought some very high protein (I think the bag said 32% protein) dry food for kittens, and fed a handful a day to her for the next three weeks.   She started squatting three days ago, and gave us the egg yesterday.

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