How long I have to wait to get eggs after molting??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Toi-toi, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 1.5year old SS started molting around August.
    Number of eggs got lower and lower and last egg was end of September.
    Now everyone finished molting, got smooth feathers and look pretty but no eggs...
    Almost 2month without eggs....

    Is that normal???
    My husband started saying that "we are going to have chickens for Thanksgiving". I hope not...
    How long I have to wait???
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Roughly 3 months from beginning of molt to laying again. Some are a little quicker at it, and you can increase their protein to help them get back to laying. Meat scraps, tuna, small amounts of cat food (lots of sodium isn't good for them), mealworms, cooked egg, etc. As a bonus, with few exceptions, the eggs are MUCH larger after that first molt.

    You're almost there.
     
  3. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So any time soon... Oh I hope!!
    I'm so sad that I have to buy eggs from store.
     
  4. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, almost 4 month later, they are not laying....
    I know days are short but last year, I didn't have any problems.
    What I'm doing wrong this year???
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Doubtful that you're doing anything wrong. Yours actually began molting earlier than most, so as the molt began wrapping up, you ran into the very short days. You can try a light on a timer, to come on around 4am to simulate 14 hours of daylight. Many swear by that in getting their hens laying again. Yeah...just bought my first dozen eggs this past week. Between molters, broodies, and pullets too young, I've been getting notta for over a month now. [​IMG] Thankfully my pullets should begin laying in Feb.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm still waiting on mine to start up again from their molt.
     

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