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molting and egg laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickenBiscuit, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. ChickenBiscuit

    ChickenBiscuit Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2011
    My 5 18 month old EE hens started molting in September and stopped laying. They seemed to be done molting in early November and I started getting one egg a day (total). I got one egg a day for about 2 weeks and for the past 2 weeks I've gotten nothing. They are all fully feathered and looking good. What could be going?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Unless you are providing supplemental lighting, they are feeling the effect of shortened daylength. Chickens need somewhere in the area of 14 hours of 'daylight' for optimum egg production.
  3. ChickenBiscuit

    ChickenBiscuit Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2011
    I get that. But they haven't laid any eggs in 2 weeks. That can't be normal.
  4. momma of a chicken lover

    momma of a chicken lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2011
    Out of my four chickens, I get one egg every three or four days. Two of them just aren't laying at all. Two of them are taking turns so the two that are laying are giving me one a week right now. I just picked up a string of solar Christmas lights for in their coop. Now I wait a couple of weeks to see if they have an effect... Ahhh chickens.

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