Chicken has molted and has not returned to laying its winter.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Phillychicken, Jan 24, 2016.

  1. Phillychicken

    Phillychicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for any help, We have a bird who eats but her comb and wattle is pink not red and personally not the same, was dominant now stays away from the flock. No longer comes when called.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Some hens take a while to recover from laying and molting, keep up the protein content in the feed 18% or more to help. She could also be unwell so watch for any signs of illness. Some hens don't resume until it warms up more and starts to feel like Spring.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    oldhenlikesdogs has summarized nicely.

    She may return to laying once days get longer....if you are located in the northern hemisphere.

    For more details, we need more info:
    How old is bird?
    What are you feeding?
     
  4. Phillychicken

    Phillychicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Question now some of our chickens are laying soft eggs.
    We give them plenty of oyster shell etc. Any suggestions thanks
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2016
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Egg shell issues are very common just before they stop laying. And it's normal for production to slow down or stop completely this time of year. Shell less eggs are also common for new layers, or hens that are just starting to lay again.
     
  6. Phillychicken

    Phillychicken Out Of The Brooder

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    ok thanks so much. I have 8 birds so they will molt and stop laying or just stop for a while in the fall?
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Depends on how old they are......I asked some questions above.
     

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