- Sep 29, 2012
I have 12 hens, 1 rooster all went through molting about 2 months ago. Iabout 3 weeks ago, I was getting 1 egg a day. For the last 2 weeks, nothing. Anyone have thoughts on what's going on? Thanks!
I agree. When we had Australorps,Orpingtons and Speckled Sussex they went through full molt in the fall and did not resume laying until the next spring. The Australorps never did really get back to a good production rate and they were only 18 months old.
How old are these birds and what breed(s)? If they are finishing up a full blown molt I would guess they are at least 18 months old? If they've stopped laying after finishing that molt I would suspect it's because of their winter break, the decrease in daylight hours. They need roughly 14 hours of daylight to be in full production; unless they are one of the few really good winter laying breeds.