molted in October and not laying any eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pjschubert, Jan 21, 2017.

  1. pjschubert

    pjschubert Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 coo coo morans ( I don't know how to spell them) but anyway, they molted in Oct. and stopped laying eggs. It is now nearing end of Jan and still no eggs. How long does it take for them to start laying again and is there anything I can give them to start laying? They are fully feathered now.
     
  2. ocap

    ocap Overrun With Chickens

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    I have 30 of different ages, similar problem, added lights on a timer to get 14 hours of light, after three weeks 25% are laying.
     
  3. pjschubert

    pjschubert Out Of The Brooder

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    It gets dark around 6:15pm and light around 7:00am so they aren't getting enough light then. The other 4 chickens are laying every day. Just the 2 that molted aren't laying. Thank you for your advice.
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Make sure they are getting enough protein. Molting can take a lot out of them and they can lose a drastic amount of weight. They have to get their weight back up before they can resume laying. I finally got an egg on Friday from one of my older birds that came back from her molt.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Many hens older than a year that molted in the fall, won't resume laying until January through April. Lower production breeds like Marans will take longer to start up again.
     

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