11 month old stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hansolo, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. hansolo

    hansolo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    RIR, hatched early Feb, started lay early July, averaged 6 per week, stopped a week ago, may be partially molting?
    Normal? I thought first year they'd go 11 months straight.
    My Red Star, who might be 2-3 months older, is still laying daily.
     
  2. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ...could be molting, could be the shorter daylight hours...
     
  3. hansolo

    hansolo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did find a bit more than usual feather shedding but if molting it is one of those really slow subtle ones. The bird otherwise looks/behaves normal.
    We have a small flock of 5. Other than the red star who is producing daily, 2 other young pullets, BA and Welsummer just started laying their first eggs and an EE is getting there.
    The RIR is maybe a tad less as loud and bossy as when she was laying.
    I heard those really slow/subtle molt ones take a long time to recover = poor egg layers, but she actually lays very consistently in the past, hardly missed any days.
     
  4. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a PR (a PRODUCTION Red, mind you), who suspended laying, for the winter apparently, and she's only 8.5 months. All the other girls are laying, but not Hermione. No molting, no other problems. I'm chalking it up to individuality...
     
  5. hansolo

    hansolo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    right, I meant production red, not rir.
    i like the individuality theory better than the molting.
     

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