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I recently got a chicken that I am keeping as a pet because she's so friendly and very loveable she's 2 1/2 years old and they said she went through her maulting phase like 3 months ago she has her feathers all back now but,no eggs so is she to old to lay eggs or what do u think I can do to get eggs?
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I recently got a chicken that I am keeping as a pet because she's so friendly and very loveable she's 2 1/2 years old and they said she went through her maulting phase like 3 months ago she has her feathers all back now but,no eggs so is she to old to lay eggs or what do u think I can do to get eggs?


Age is a hard thing to figure out with hens and their laying ability.  Here on the farm where I was born and raised we have had some hens still laying at almost 6 years of age and some that completely stopped at 4 years old.  I think sometimes the laying will stop when a hen is brought into a new environment but, not sure.

 

All of my hens except for one have not started back laying for almost 3 months.  One started back laying 10 days ago and is on a record pace having layed 9 eggs in 10 days.  She is a Barred Rock.

 

Generally speaking I would say, don't worry about her.  When she is ready she will show you.

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No lights. And all their feathers have grown in. Here in Hawaii we never get more than 13 hours of daylight and currently it is 10 1/2. But last year, I was still getting eggs during December.


When I used lights, and it makes a huge difference, we used a 14W CFL (cool white energy efficient bulb) on a timer in mornings to extend daylight from Nov to March to 12 hours total.  You know, turn on pre dawn and off half hour or so after sunrise, when added to natural light provides 12 hours total.

 

Many say you should provide 14 hours light but as in your area I always think to myself "would you ever provide light on the equator?" and that's 12 hours year round. With that the birds really produced just like summer and only slowed down when temps were steadily below 0F.

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-Charles Dudley Warner

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Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

 

-Charles Dudley Warner

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I noticed mine eat very little this time of year, is that normal? eat less, poop less. although they still relish the tidbits I give them late afternoon. A bag of feed is lasting twice as long.

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3 black sex links, 2 manx kitties, 2 labrador/rhodesian mix, 1 small spot of a Appaloosa Palomino/quarter horse,1 goldfish, numerous wild critters including rescued turtles in the pitiful pond, a couple with bondo repaired shells.

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I noticed mine eat very little this time of year, is that normal? eat less, poop less. although they still relish the tidbits I give them late afternoon. A bag of feed is lasting twice as long.


Yes, they slow down on eating.  I don't notice pooping less though. :gig Mine are increasing on eating now, and while I'm getting a couple of eggs a day, I'm certainly not in egg surplus.

Was breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders. Not anymore thanks to a bobcat.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Was breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders. Not anymore thanks to a bobcat.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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