Molt recovery?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by welman, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. welman

    welman Songster

    Jul 16, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I have 4 RI Reds who seem to have just finished up a molt (moult?). The color of their feathers is becoming brighter and there are just plain more feathers on the girls than on the ground! However, while in process 2 of them started sleeping in the nest box and none of them laid any's been 2-3 weeks since our last egg. Will they get out of the nest box? Should I be doing something to "encourage" them to stop sleeping there?

    Many thanks for your input!


  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    They should start laying again soon.
    I have one girl that decided to start sleeping in the nestbox during her molt and every night I went out and moved her until she remembered that roosts are for sleeping and nestboxes are for egg laying. Took a week to convince her this time.

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