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Hens didnt moult and r still laying!
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ShyGirlie · 27/12/2013 22:37

Just that really. Got hens in april at point of lay. Still laying an egg each every single day. No sign of moulting so far. Is this ok? Or do they need a rest?

-Totally free range.
-Access to layers pellets and water.
-Eat a lot of treats - corn, bread, grapes, porridge if cold

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VivaLeBeaver · 27/12/2013 22:39

Hybrid chickens normally lay through the winter.

My bloody pure bred ones haven't laid an egg for weeks.

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Bramblesinforrin · 27/12/2013 22:46

Hybrids and some pure breeds will lay through the first winter. Waiting for my new pol hybrids to realise this!

All sounds good. You could always add some grit to add calcium and put some apple cider vinegar inthe drinking water as a tonic (from horse feed suppliers)

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ShyGirlie · 27/12/2013 22:47

ohh thanks! i think they are hybrid. love my wee birdies!

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mummymeister · 29/12/2013 19:11

Envy I have just had to buy 2 dozen eggs. mine haven't laid in ages. Lucky old you. it might not happen next year though of course but I hope it does. nothing beats an egg from your own hens

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Pixel · 30/12/2013 16:00

My hybrids are still laying, just had to offload some eggs on to the neighbour. They laid last year all through the snow too bless them. They are slightly erratic this year, some small eggs and some days only two eggs instead of three but generally they are pretty good.
Mine didn't really moult, just looked slightly scruffy for a few weeks but I mentioned to someone near me who keeps lots of chickens that there were no feathers lying around and he said they eat them! Can't say I've noticed them doing that so is it true?

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alicecrumble · 01/01/2014 23:07

My hybrids are laying well, they are not put off by this awful weather. I've kept hybrids for three years now and have yet to see any of them go through a moulting phase. My hens love bread and I do tend to toast it so it encourages them to peck, otherwise the bread is soon gone.

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Hazelbrowneyes · 06/01/2014 13:17

My hybrids laid all through last year and didn't moult. This year we're having the odd day with just one egg but two girls are going through a heavy moult so it's to be expected.

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pigsinmud · 06/01/2014 18:55

Same as hazel. Got my hens 18 months ago and they've laid through 2 winters and no moulting! We did have a broody for 3 weeks in the summer though!

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