Chicken hasn't laid in 2 months. Now molting.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ThelmaOrLouise, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. ThelmaOrLouise

    ThelmaOrLouise Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have a red sex linked hen that I have had for about 8 months. When I bought her the seller told me she was about 13 months old and had already had her first molt. She laid abundantly until 2 months ago. Then her shells got thin and she stopped laying completely. She has a good diet, isn't sick, acts normal. I thought maybe she was just older than the seller realized as they had a lot of hens. But now she is molting. Isn't 2 months a bit excessive to go with out laying before a molt? I'm a newbie but kind of at a loss here...
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Sex links often burn out early and just quit laying between 1-2 years. Molting this time of year will often be caused by stress or being broody.
     
  3. ThelmaOrLouise

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    Well can she be broody if she isn't laying? I don't think she is stressed. If she is I don't know why.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Usually the first molt doesn't happen until around 18 months of age and usually in the fall.

    What exactly are you feeding?
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Hens lay a clutch of eggs than quit laying to go broody, so if you remove her eggs she doesn't care she's still broody, it's a biological hormonal state, they don't lay while broody, that would add eggs to a clutch and cause many to not hatch. So they stop laying a day or so before beginning to set.
     
  6. ThelmaOrLouise

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    Layena crumbles and they free range. Also have access to oyster shells.
     

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