Winter or Molting or Both?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ssteiner, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. ssteiner

    ssteiner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three Wyandottes and one Partridge Rock. All four of my girls started laying in April/May of 2009. The three Wyandottes abruptly stopped in October. Feathers everywhere, shorter days, I assume it was molting. But it's been about 10 weeks and NO EGGS. Thankfully, I'm still getting 4 a week from the partridge rock, otherwise we would have no eggs at all. I'm just wondering, how long should I expect the other three to be on strike? I know the girls slow down in winter (in July/August I was getting 20-22 eggs a week), but no eggs at all for months on end seems weird.

    I live in Southern California where it was 77 degrees today. The nights are in the upper 40s.

    Thanks for any tips.

    Scott
     
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Your molting birds are putting all their energy into growing back feathers. If you want to help them along, give them a higher protein feed. It helps grow their feathers back in quicker. [​IMG]
     
  3. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

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    Yep, moulting. Six of my girls are doing it. Feather's everywhere, I could stuff a pillow.
    A nice high protein mix of warm cooked oatmeal in a pie plate on a winter's day makes a moulting hen happy.
     
  4. Frida's mom

    Frida's mom Out Of The Brooder

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    My BR Frida is also molting. Why would they drop feathers when it is soooo cold outside?? Other hens are not molting.[​IMG]
     

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