moulting and winter egg laying (or not laying)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bmerb, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. bmerb

    bmerb Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 18 hens and a very satisfied roo. All our chickens were hatched in the last week of Feb and the first week of March this year, and by the end of the summer we were getting between 15 and 18 eggs every day. We noticed a pretty sharp decline by the middle of October, and our two SS hens began moulting pretty heavily. Now those two are fluffy and gorgeous, but not laying, and most of our other hens are moulting too:barnie. We are getting about 3-5 eggs per day, and we don't use supplemental light sources. Is this about normal for young hens? I've noticed that our white leghorn doesn't appear to be moulting at all, and she is still laying daily. Our two BR hens and one of the EEs plus one other, possibly a RIR/production red are all still laying regularly but moulting slowly. Our GLWs, Light Brahmas, RIRs and all but the one EE have completely stopped laying. Of those, all but the LBs look pretty ragged. Will they pick up laying again after moulting, or should we not expect lots of eggs until spring?[​IMG] BTW, our hens are all getting free feed organic layer mix plus our food scraps plus free-ranging over about 10 acres, so they aren't cooped into a small dark space, and they definitely aren't laying anywhere but in the nest boxes... Thanks!

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    Busy with our 3 horses, 1 donkey, 2 goats, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 19 chickens: 3 GLW, 2 LB, 2 BR, 2 SS, 3 RIR (production red), 6 EEs and 1 white leghorn!
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    They'll pick up after moulting when the weather gets warmer.

    My hens gave me over 100 eggs last week... I'll be lucky to get 80 this week.. the cold slows them down.
     
  3. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some who post on here have said that they used Calf-Manna to jump start egg production after molt. [​IMG]
     

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