Molting- decrease in egg production, not eating as much?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 77horses, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    I know that when chickens start molting, they stop laying. Ours have decreased in egg laying, but have also not been eating as much. We just recently wormed them with Wazine-17 and are about to follow up in a couple weeks with something else. any thoughts?
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2009
  2. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    If it is hot they tend to slow down on their eating. Usually I have not noticed much decrease in feed intake when they are molting.
  3. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    It has actually been colder here for the past few weeks. And we haven't noticed really any feather loss yet, but they haven't molted for over a year and it should be pretty soon now...? About how often do they usually molt? Once every year? Once every month??? [​IMG]

    The cold may be the reason for decreased eating and egg laying.

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