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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:01 pm 
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Till what age do Wyandotte and barnevelders lay eggs? My girls are 3 1/2 years old now.


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 Post subject: Re: Egg laying
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:36 pm 
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Should keep going for sons years yet. At this time of year many birds will have stopped laying though.

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 Post subject: Re: Egg laying
PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:46 pm 
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How long does moulting last? When should they come back on to lay?


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Rosella63 wrote:
How long does moulting last? When should they come back on to lay?

It really depends on the individual birds. Some moult hard and fast, others are gradual and take a relatively long time. Coming back into lay depends on the moult, time of year, broodiness and so on.

Always think of moulting and laying as 'it takes as long as it takes', lol.


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As Azira said, it depends on the breed.
Hybrid layers like ISA will probably begin to lay again once they are re feathered, The pure breeds are more dependent on day length to control their laying cycle. They will commence laying when the days lengthen sufficiently after the Winter equinox. Regardless of the breed, feathering and preparing for lay are high protein activities and is when body calcium is replenished so it important to maintain a diet which provides for this.
While your chooks are off the lay is also a good time to worm them.


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 Post subject: Re: Egg laying
PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:05 am 
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Ok thats great. Thanks for that so there is no real set times? Just seems to be going for a long time this year in Central Queensland. And is it shell grit the best for calcium to feed them?


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