stopped laying after first moult

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by snvaugh, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. snvaugh

    snvaugh Hatching

    Mar 6, 2008
    Long Island
    my hen is l yr old and had her first moult. She hasn't laid in about 2 months how much longer will she not lay?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    She should start any time now. Moulting and growing feathers back is alot of work. Usually to speed up the moulting process, I feed the birds a layer supplement which is a 20% protein feed.
  3. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    I'm wondering this, too.

    We adopted a young hen who'd just started her moult last fall. She layed a few times then quit and had a very loooooong, protracted moult ALL WINTER LONG. She seems to have finished a few weeks ago, but still no eggs. It has been probably 5 months since she laid anything. She seems perfectly fine and her comb looks normal.
    WHAT IS UP WITH THIS????!!!!???? I am getting very frustrated!

  4. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    some hens go into a heavy might take another month or so for her to start laying.

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