moulting affecting egglaying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CrimsonRose, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. CrimsonRose

    CrimsonRose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok this past spring I got 5 gals off of a friend of ours... the girls I'm not sure on age but I'm thinking about 3 years old... When we first got them and all summer we were getting 2-4 eggs per day from them...

    Then about the beginning of august the girls started molting... and stopped laying eggs... ok I'm thinking they will molt about a month or so then start laying again... mean while our new babies started laying and are each laying an egg per day still even though it's getting cold! But the older gals still look kinda scraggly and haven't laid anything!

    So question is... how long to birds typically molt and when will they start laying again? I know they are older they are eastereggers... But I figured they would still lay something every now and then... right now it's been almost 3 months... They all look healthy other than the scraggly feathers no mites or anything...
     
  2. chickaddict

    chickaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hens do not lay while moulting - 3 months sounds like a long time to me. Mine generally take from 4-6 weeks but I don't know if it is different for each breed.
     
  3. CrimsonRose

    CrimsonRose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I thought as well seems to be taking them a long time thought maybe it's because they are older... They have most of their new feathers in now so maybe soon I'll get some eggs from them...
     
  4. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
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    every breed is different some molt quick some take a long time and some don't even stop laying when they molt and age may play a part as well, and the time of year, its possible they may not start laying again until spring and the days start getting longer again.
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I believe I've read that for a major molt, whih=ch is all of them except the 6 month one, it takes about 3 months before they lay again. My poor leghorn is just now getting some new feathers, looks about half naked, and hasn't laid in about 2 months. She used to lay close to daily.
     
  6. rnoyster

    rnoyster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When mine first started to moult, a friend said to feed them a couple of cans of wet cat food a week and it would help them finish moulting faster. They finally started laying yesterday after about 7 weeks. I don't know if it helped or not, but they seem to enjoy the extra little tidbits and I know that there is plenty of extra vitamins in the canned food for them.
     
  7. Resolution

    Resolution Chillin' With My Peeps

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