2 Yr Old Hens Stopped Laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RickSr, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. RickSr

    RickSr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last Summer, when my hens were a little more than 18 months old, they started molting. As expected, they stopped laying their eggs. They all started their molting at different times throughout the summer. I think they are all done molting now and their feathers have mostly grown back. However, they still have not returned to laying eggs. Is there something I can do to encourage them to start laying again?
     
  2. dademoss

    dademoss Out Of The Brooder

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    Chicken breed and a general location would probably help people provide better answers.

    Here in SW Ohio, my Easter Eggers start molting in late fall( oct/nov) , and have just now got back into the egg laying routine.
     
  3. RickSr

    RickSr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in SE Ohio just above Parkersburg, WV. My concern is two fold, 1) They have not started laying again, and 2) They started molting last Summer, molted all through Winter, and are just now getting their feathers back.

    They are now 2 yrs old, and they say that they only have 2 good years of egg laying. This makes me wonder if they have stopped permanently, or can I expect them to eventually return to egg laying?
     
  4. 20736

    20736 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My concern would be that the feather loss you are attributing to molt might be vermin related.
    That's a long time to molt.
    Try increasing protein in feed, dust and worm also.
    Just a suggestion, mites happen.
    Good luck with a positive solution.
     
  5. RickSr

    RickSr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As recommended, over the Winter, I have supplement their feed with cat food to increase their protein. I have cleaned their coop and boxes and sprinkled Seven everywhere. If the next the step is to worm them, I have never done that and could use some instructions.

    I should note that I also have 22 hens that are 1 year old within the same flock and they are laying their eggs fine. I daily collect 22 - 25 eggs every day.
     
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2016
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    20736 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK good info.
    I am unfamiliar with the breed so I will bow out and wait for someone who does.
    Again, good luck with a positive solution.
     

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