first Molt questions??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Roy Rooster, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All,

    I have 16 BO's They are almost 2 years old and in their first molt, I guess.

    This is the first molt for both me and them. I have noticed that the egg production
    has dropped to zero. It has been a week and no eggs. I am just making sure
    that this in normal and that nothing else is going on.

    They are lively and happy.
    They get fresh water and food daily plus treats.
    I feed them some scratch every morning when I let them out into their chicken play area.

    Is severe egg drop off normal? Also, when can I expect them to start laying again?

    One more question, this is probably the best time to worm them right? I wormed then last
    march, would it be too soon if I do in now?

    Thanks,
    Roy and flock
     
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're experiencing a double whammy.
    1) They're molting - so no egg production.
    2) The shorter daylight hours during the winter produces fewer eggs.

    Egg production will pick up some after the molt.
    The closer to Spring - the more eggs you'll get again.


    Don't know much about the worming since I've never had to worm mine. Sorry.
     
  3. TallChickMagnet

    TallChickMagnet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I've learned about chickens so far you are correct with every thing that you've said. You have the answers...be confident.... and have fun!!!

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  4. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, thank you all so much. I appreciate your advice.
    I am glad to know that they are normal and not doing anything
    out of the ordinary.

    Thanks Again.
     

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