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Does molting keep hens from laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bizzeeb60, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. bizzeeb60

    bizzeeb60 Out Of The Brooder

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    So it has been one month since my "Satan" hen stopped laying and become completely "broody" Don't know what she thinks she is going to hatch, has been sitting on plastic easter eggs for weeks. Any how, the other four hens still have not laid any eggs. They are now over 9 months old. The guy at the feed store said if they are molting they will not lay eggs. Is this true, how long will they molt, it has already been 2-3 weeks or so. I did not think they would actually even begin to molt until they were a year old or had already begun to lay eggs. The same feed store guy also said my OEG/mix may not even begin to lay until they are at least 1 year old. Anyone ever hear of this? Can having the Rooster in the coop with them keep them from wanting to lay? :thun
     
  2. farm_mom

    farm_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, a molt can stop laying activity. And I've always had a rooster and always had eggs, so I don't think that is an issue.
     
  3. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are molting. They are laying less but still pretty good.
     
  4. bizzeeb60

    bizzeeb60 Out Of The Brooder

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    So how long should this molting continue?
     
  5. farm_mom

    farm_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Weeks, months. It depends on breed and individual birds. Some people really ramp up the protein during a molt by giving dry cat food or yogurt to help them get through the molt quicker and regrow feathers.
     
  6. larlar23

    larlar23 Out Of The Brooder

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    do you sprate the molting cichkens from the ones that are not? or do you give the cat food to all your chickens? and will it hurt the rest ?
     
  7. farm_mom

    farm_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No need to seperate the birds, a bit of extra protein will not harm the other birds.
     
  8. dbahan

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    I was just wondering the same thing about molting and egg laying. I have three Ameracaunas. They started laying around 6 months old and I got 2-3 eggs a day up until about a month or two ago. They are now over a year old and I noticed one looking pretty scraggly and assumed she was molting. The other two are not quite as noticeable. But egg production for all three has dropped off so much that I'm only getting maybe 1 egg every couple of days. Would anything else cause this? What's the longest I could expect? Would this time of year with shortening daylight hours also be contributing?
     
  9. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A couple of useful articles on this are for moulting HERE , and for egg laying issues HERE . Good luck!
     
  10. Gunnygranny

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    We adopted our girls last spring, so this is my first time seeing one of the molt. The links were helpful as well as everyones responses. The one that is molting is the one that is always picked on --so I'll make sure she has some extra protin.
    Thanks for all your help
    Rita
     

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