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Hen not laying after molt

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I have 2 - 17 month old hens, 5 - 12 week old pullets and 1 - 12 week old roo, who was supposed to be a girl. The Buff Orpington hen molted early summer and is back laying like a little egg machine. The Partridge Plymouth Rock hen molted late summer and is completely finished, but not laying. Her comb is a light pink where the Buff's is bright red. She looks and acts very healthy (they are very pampered). Should I be concerned? They are free range in a very large fenced in yard with nowhere to hide her eggs.  

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She may still be recovering from the molt. Give her a bit more time.

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

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Thanks. I thought I read somewhere that an indication of a non-laying hen is a pink comb as opposed to a bright red one on a hen that is laying. Any truth to that?  

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Yes, a bright red comb usually means a hen is laying and a pink comb she's not.

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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