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Molting and egg production

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TexasNovice, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. TexasNovice

    TexasNovice Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens have started molting and egg production ceased. How long before egg production resumes, on the average. Thanks
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Roughly 3 months, depending on how hard the molt is. The harder the molt, the faster they seem to grow back in. When they lose feathers in bits, it seems to take much longer. Once all their feathers are grown back in, they have to get their body weight back up to a sustainable level. Then they can lay eggs again.
     
  3. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the hens are older you may not see eggs until spring. It also depends on the breed and if you are supplementing with artificial light though the winter.
     
  4. TexasNovice

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    They are not quite 2 years old -- Red Sex linked.

    Thanks for your help. It is always comforting to have experts to rely on.
     
  5. TexasNovice

    TexasNovice Out Of The Brooder

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    I forgot to add. I am giving them 14 hours of "daylight".
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    They still have to finish the molting process. Then the lighting will help. Feathers are mostly protein and their bodies cannot replace feathers and lay eggs too. All their energy has to go into replacing feathers. You can help it along by giving them high protein treats, like mealworms, meat scraps, etc.
     
  7. TexasNovice

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    Thanks again.
     

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