How long does it take a chicken to start laying again after a molt? I'm not even sure mine are molting. They just really laid off laying this past month and a lot of people say it's the heat, too, that theirs are off, too. Along those lines, it has been BEAUTIFUL here for the past 7 days and I'm still only getting 8-10 eggs from 17 mature hens. Prior to this past month, I was averaging 12-15 a day.