Whose theory is right? *battle of the sexes*

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by frankenchick, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2007
    Benton Twp., Michigan
    Our 1 y/o hens had a major slow-down at the end of summer -- 1-2 eggs/day, down from 4-6.

    They've suddenly started laying again, 4-6 eggs/day. Were they resting (DH's theory), or does it have something to do with my pullets being 19 w/o (my theory)?
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    They were probably molting...
  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Yeah, molting.
  4. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

    Jun 8, 2008
    muscadine, al.
    Molting, I'm still waiting on eggs from some of my hens that molted.
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Molting..., resting..., yada, yada, yada...
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Your 1 yr old hens probably went through a light molt and stopped laying. Molting is a resting period. They regrow lost feathers and the internal egg making parts are resting and rejuvinating.

    If you are getting eggs again now they could be laying again BUT it is also possible that the 19 week olds (depending on the breed) are beginning to lay now too.

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