how long after the brooding cycle before hen resumes laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dustcover, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. dustcover

    dustcover Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my Rhode Island Reds, previously a good layer, went through an approximate 27-day brooding cycle. Then snapped out of it just as abruptly as when she started. She's back to daily normalcy with her 7 free-ranging sisters, except for egg laying. How long does it generally take for a hen to resume laying following the conclusion of a brooding period?
     
  2. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Howdy dustcover

    If I break a broody within 2-3 days of her going broody, she normally returns to laying within a week or so.

    However, if I let the broody hatch and raise chicks, she may not return to laying until the chicks are 8-12 weeks of age.

    This can depend on whether she is one who cuts the cord early or likes to keep her chicks with her as long as possible.

    I have either broken a hen or given her eggs, I have not left her broody without eggs for any period of time so I can not definitively answer your question. But, as she has been through the cycle, but does not have any chicks to raise, she may return to laying in a matter of weeks.
     

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