Please help! (Questions about molting)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LindseyM12, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. LindseyM12

    LindseyM12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please help, my chickens are not laying good at all! I was wondering if they where molting cause I only am getting 2-7 eggs a day from 17 chickens,so i was wondering when do they start to molt for the first time. thanks!
     
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  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Some of my hens went thru a mini-molt in the 7 to 9 month range, with no decrease in egg production.
    Now all but three of them are going thru a full molt, at 17+ months with a drastic reduction in production.
    I think the first big molt usually happens around 18 months or so.
     
  3. tmpshrty96

    tmpshrty96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 0ver 50 chickens and am only getting 1 0r two eggs a day!!!!!!!!!!!and their all old enough to lay except for 6!!!
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    A good number of my hens are molting right now and I've went from 3-4 dozen eggs a day down to 1 dozen if I'm lucky........all in about a weeks time.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Boy Katy do I know that feeling. Thirteen hens went from 11 to 13 a day to 2 a day virtually overnight. I have one hen that is continuing to lay despite the fact that she's nearly naked.
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    This link gives you good info on molting.

    Mississippi State describes molting
    http://msucares.com/poultry/management/poultry_feathers.html

    Different things can cause a molt. Usually it is the daylight hours getting shorter so most of us can expect a molt about now, but running out of water or other stress can cause a molt.
     
  7. LindseyM12

    LindseyM12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the info!
     
  8. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ridgerunner, thanks for the link. I'm in the same boat as everyone else here. I actually had to BUY eggs this week for the first time in 10 months. Blah!!
     

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