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How long do I need to wait after a molt for eggs again?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crazychick26201, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. crazychick26201

    crazychick26201 Songster 5 Years

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    My hens went through their first molt this winter. They started in late Oct. and were finished by Christmas. However, it is Feb. and only one is laying consistently. My best layer shows no interest in the nest box. They all will turn two years old in April.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

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    As you’ve seen, it varies by hen. Some breeds are better than others, the production breeds being more likely to start earlier, but some hens will start laying soon after they finish the molt and rebuild their nutrient reserves. Some will wait until the days get longer and the weather warms up some. Still, you can get different results with hens of the same breed. They are all individuals.

    In West Virginia it could happen tomorrow or you may have to wait another two or three months. I wish you luck!
     

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