Do hens lay when they are molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bwebb7, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. bwebb7

    bwebb7 Songster

    Aug 16, 2008
    Brooksville, Fl
    I was curious. I have a bunch of hens 28+ and I am only getting 6 eggs a day! They may be hiding them, but that many? I see some have feathers coming in on their wings and backs. (moult?)
    Help-this is their first moult (?) They were a year May 16th.
  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    They will not lay if they are molting.
  3. Some don`t and some do, but usually not very well. To tell if a hen is laying, feel the bones inder the vent. Three fingertips between the bones, she`s laying, 2 she`s probably not, and 1 fingertip between the bones and she`s deffinately not laying........Pop

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