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pooh731

Chirping
8 Years
Aug 10, 2011
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Hanford, ca
My girls have not laid any eggs in awhile. Do they stop laying eggs in the winter time. Should I be worried. And when will they start back again. We bought our first store bought eggs in a year not the same as fresh eggs
 
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citychickx6

Songster
8 Years
May 14, 2011
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Loveland
Mine are molting right now. Perhaps yours are as well. Do you find feathers laying around more than usual now?
I have 10 that are a little over a year old and none of them are laying. Kind of a drag but it will pick up again if that is what they are up to.
 

americana-lover

Songster
7 Years
Apr 13, 2012
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Michigan
the longest molting can take up to 3 months


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citychickx6

Songster
8 Years
May 14, 2011
1,044
32
151
Loveland
It depends on the bird of course. If they drop lots of feathers fast they should come out of it faster. I have a couple easter eggers that have not layed since July. Not so happy with them as layers. One I do not expect will ever lay again. Her last egg had the ovary with it. Poor girl.
Stress can also affect laying. I have one hen that layed her first egg at 11 months old. That was only after I took some of the more twitchy hens out of that group.
 

donrae

Hopelessly Addicted
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Jun 18, 2010
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Southern Oregon
Yes most birds stop laying over the winter due to the shorter daylight. You can try supplementing lighting and see if you can force them to start laying again or just ride it out until spring when they start up again.
 

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