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12 month old hens stopped laying, possibly molting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ellebell2009, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. Ellebell2009

    Ellebell2009 New Egg

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    My 12 month old hens have stopped laying eggs (Barred Plymouth, Dominique, and Light Brahma). They had slowed down till i was getting 1 egg a day from 3 chickens and then we moved them to a new coop with 5 month old chicks, they have been there a little over a week and no eggs. And now the Light Brahma is loosing all her feathers. I never witness them fighting so I'm not sure what is happening.


    It should also be noted that the light brahma was broody when the egg laying stopped, and we just broke her of that. My fiancé thinks she is molting but aren't they too young, and is that why the others stopped laying?

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    Last edited: Sep 24, 2014
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    In the last two pics there, you can see the little pins coming through. Feathers will sprout from those. From what I've experienced, they have their first big girl molt during their second autumn. So I think this would be a normal thing for your older hens.
     
  3. Ellebell2009

    Ellebell2009 New Egg

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    So if she is molting then the other two are probably currently or about to molt also? and this is why they have stopped laying?

    is there anything I can do to help her?

    Sorry for all the questions, I baby my chickens.
     

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