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Noone is laying all of a sudden

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by suenrob, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. suenrob

    suenrob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2008
    Ft. Myers, FL
    I know that egg production is down a little becuase its winter (even though I live in florida) But all of a sudden everyone stopped laying all together. I haven't had an egg in like 5 days! I also noticed that the whole chicken yard is covered in feathers. I am assuming they are molting.

    So does the molting have anything to do with egg production? If so, how long does it usually last? I can/t even stand the thought of eating a store bought egg!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Yup, they won't lay when they molt. The only way to get around it is
    to cull your layers after they are 1.5 years old and keep rotating new
    birds in.

    We keep light in our barn to extend the laying season. The girls layed
    all winter last year but decided to moult this year, even with the light.
    They need to moult anyways.

    You should have eggs again in 3 months.
     
  3. suenrob

    suenrob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2008
    Ft. Myers, FL
    3 MONTHS? are you serious!!!!!!!!!!!!?
     
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:That's just a guess for your area. Up here in CT my girls stopped
    laying 2 months ago and aren't done molting yet. Only my young
    hens (under 1.5 years) are laying now. My 15 older hens (almost
    2 years) have all stopped. Even my silkies have stopped.
     
  5. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    They're union chickens! On strike until every feather is accounted for! [​IMG]
     
  6. keeperofthehearth

    keeperofthehearth Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a mixed flock of mixed ages. That ensures a few always in production whether I have a broody or two not laying, a few molting either spring or fall, some older girls who just quit laying for the winter etc. [​IMG]
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    If I didn't have a mixed flock, I probably would be getting only 3 or 4 eggs at this point. I'll be glad when my older girls are done with their molt.
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2009
  8. luvmygirlsinAK

    luvmygirlsinAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read that some breeds will molt anywhere from 2 weeks, to several months, it really depends on the breed. Some of mine took a month, some 3 months, and some only 3 weeks. Some lose lots of feathers, some not very many. It is harder on some breeds. One thing I know though is that they need increased nutrition during these times.
     
  9. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    We just lost one of our favorite Leghorns to a hard molt. It was rough
    on her. She was just under 2 years old and the best bird. [​IMG]

    Our RIRs are molting too but seem fine.
     
  10. suenrob

    suenrob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2008
    Ft. Myers, FL
    Wow, sorry for your loss Purplechicken, I didn't realize they could die from a molt!!
     

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