Are they done?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Zed3, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. Zed3

    Zed3 In the Brooder

    May 2, 2009
    Huntingtown, MD
    I have 6 2 1/2 year old golden comets that have stopped laying for the last month. Nothing has changed, same coop, same feed, same waterer, same oyster shell. They have never been through a full molt that I know of, but recently a few have been loosing a lot of feathers. Is it time for chicken stew or will they start to lay again?

    Thanks for the advice


  2. BitsyB

    BitsyB Chirping

    Aug 30, 2010
    Northern Delaware
    Same here- four 2 1/2 yr. old Golden Comets, and getting one egg every two days. I've heard several theories:
    One is that the sex links lay tons of eggs in the beginning, then "burn out".
    Another is that the shorter days make for less eggs.
    Older chickens don't lay as many eggs- in the industry they get rid of them after a year or two.

    Me, I'm keeping mine. I want to see how it goes over the winter, then springtime add to the flock with new chicks.

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