In the Brooder
- Jun 6, 2011
Our 12 hens are going through the 1 1/2 year molt. They've been going through it for what seems like FOREVER now!! (Actually, about 2 1/2 to 3 months). We are getting 1 egg a day. If we're lucky, we get 2. Sometimes none. The girls look ok, except for 2 hens who are looking pretty shaggy. We have feathers everywhere though, so I'm assuming they're all, or most all of them are still molting? Is this low level of egg production normal??? I expected their production to drop off a little, but not go away entirely! We free range our hens during the day and lately they've been spending most of their daylight hours in a large berry patch. I'm suspicious that they possibly are laying in the berry patch. I've tried looking for eggs in there a couple of times and haven't seen any, but it's a very "thorny" place and hard to move around. I hope to get a response from some of you who have had hens go through this molt and tell me if we should be seeing more eggs from them and just give it more time, or if we should check that berry patch more thoroughly!