17 chickens, 1 egg a day - moulting? When will it stop?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lhousesoccer, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. lhousesoccer

    lhousesoccer In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2010
    Into my 3rd week maybe of getting 1 egg a day from 17 hens, maybe 2 a day if I'm lucky. 6 hens are this year's chicks, so I don't think they've started laying (black sex links and golden comets, so they should start soon). But my other 11 hens are between 1 and 3 years old, and usually are pretty productive, giving me 8 to 10 eggs a day normally through the summer. They just shut off out of nowhere a couple weeks ago. I have a light on in the coop - 14 good hours of light. Noticed a lot of feathers in the coop, so I think they're moulting. How long will this dry spell last and should I do anything to help them along?
  2. cackleberrycam

    cackleberrycam Songster

    Sep 28, 2013
    The laying is best in the first two years though, so maybe the three year- olds are not laying as well now.
    If they are moulting though, giving them some cheese, or another calcium booster could help speed along the process of moulting.

    Good luck![​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2013

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