No eggs in 3 weeks!


In the Brooder
Apr 22, 2017
Bulloch County Georgia
Hi y'all. I have had a few Brahmas for 18 months. One rooster and 2 hens. I was free-rangeing until 3 weeks ago when they were attacked by 2 neiborhood dogs. They took one hen and my rooster. Leaving poor Ellimay all alone. I quickly fenced in 50 sq feet of covered run around the coop to protect her. My rooster came home the next day missing all his tailfeathers and most feathers on his side and back. He is just starting to get his feathers back now and doing well. But Ellimay hasn't layed an egg since! She gave me an egg daily till this happened. Is this normal? Will she lay again? Other than no eggs she seems perfectly fine.
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Pork Pie
Molt is when chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones. Most birds go through at least one molt a year. In the fall, they are getting a nice warm coat for winter. It is stressful on a chicken to molt and therefore they will not lay eggs during that time. A molt can last from a few weeks to a few months. She needs a higher protein feed at this time. Feathers are made out of protein so she needs to consume more. And chickens need at least 14 hours of daylight to lay eggs. I would keep her on a higher protein feed and give her a break from laying, I'm sure she is stressed.

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