Question - how long does moulting take? I need eggs!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by thebifman, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. thebifman

    thebifman Out Of The Brooder

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    My 7 hens started to moult in early December and seem to have all their feathers back now. Egg production is still almost at zero! When will they start to lay again? This is their second winter so they are about 2 1/2 years old. Thanks!
     
  2. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When their combs turn bright red again they should be back in laying mode.
     
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  3. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    Unfortunately, during the winter chickens seem to slow down or stop laying altogether. A lot of times they will stop laying to conserve energy so that they are able to keep warm. Being that you are in NY, this is most likely why your hens have stopped laying. They should start back up again in March, but should definitely be laying by April. Sometimes they start earlier, but I find that in mid April, my girls are laying full steam!
     
  4. thebifman

    thebifman Out Of The Brooder

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    You were right, they started back up again and its still February. Getting about 6 per day again. This is their second year and the eggs seem to be even better now that they are fully mature.
     

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