Suddenly Silent Hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by backyardfarmfamily, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. backyardfarmfamily

    backyardfarmfamily In the Brooder

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    I have two hens that ordinarily make quite a bit of noise but starting about a week ago they stopped making noise all together and have stopped laying eggs. They appear healthy otherwise. Any guesses?
     
  2. Wow, i'm not sure. Are they starting to molt?
     
  3. raspeary

    raspeary Songster

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    I don't know but here's a bump for you.
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    My guess is they are getting ready to molt. It's that time of year...
     
  5. buffy O's

    buffy O's In the Brooder

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    That is exactly the way one of my sexlink is doing and I haven't saw the roo go to her either and she was one of the favorites. She is about 30 wks, so about 7 months. I didn't think they molted until they were over a yr. old. This is our first time with chickens so I am probably wrong on that, just thought I read it somewheres.
    So, tell us all you old timers:[​IMG], what is going on with our little girls?
    thanks so much,
    Buffy
     
  6. backyardfarmfamily

    backyardfarmfamily In the Brooder

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    They are molting![​IMG]
     
  7. buffy O's

    buffy O's In the Brooder

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    Really, that is reassuring to know. I just wasn't expecting them to so young. She doesn't seem to be loosing feathers. Just how does this process go, I keep seeing naked chickens running around in my mind.I know that's probably not how it will be, at least I hope not! Any info on molting anyone?
    Buffy
     

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