Egg laying after molting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by montverdechick, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. montverdechick

    montverdechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2007
    Central Florida
    How long does it typically take for a hen to start laying again after molting? My Amerucanas started up again after a few weeks,but my Dominiques still haven't after more than a month!
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I doubt there's a typical. Some of mine took a couple of weeks, most several weeks longer, but then, it's colder now than when they were laying well, too. And I added a few hours of light after the molt was over because they didn't start.
  3. montverdechick

    montverdechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2007
    Central Florida
    Well, they must have realized I was stressing because they both laid an egg today! Horray!
  4. pontoosuc

    pontoosuc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2010
    Richmond, MA
    I'm patiently waiting for two of mine that started in mid January.
  5. kulangi

    kulangi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    My australorp is still laying eggs even though she is molting. Under wings and belly is completely naked and yet I have welsummer hen that has not laid an egg for a month and she is not molting. Go figure.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2011
  6. macdoogle

    macdoogle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2010
    San Diego
    My EE stopped at Thanksgiving and just got back to work this week. That's a long break.
  7. Boiler Maker

    Boiler Maker New Egg

    Mar 19, 2010
    El Paso
    My bantam cochin took a two month break after molting and started laying again in January. My welsummer and exchequer leghorn both molted in November and have not laid an egg since. They are a year and half old and I am hoping their age has something to do with this? I've come to the conclusion that chickens will lay eggs when they darn well feel like it [​IMG]
  8. terryg

    terryg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2007
    New England
    Age does matter. As does breed. And weather. And stress. You get the idea :) In general, though, the older the hen, the longer she takes to start laying again after a molt, and the longer break she'll take because of daylight hours and temperature. If the winter is mild and sunny, eggs will happen sooner rather than later. One of my old hens, Tina, laid an egg today, the first one in about 3 months for her. The rest of the old girls are probably done for good. But maybe one will surprise me...
    You can see this flock on my live-streaming cam at (I also have a lot of info about old chickens and egg laying in my blog.)

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