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Reasons Hens Stop Laying Eggs.
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Why do my hens not lay eggs anymore?
Egg production is an activity that requires considerable effort as the entire organism is engaged in processing the necessary elements for egg production.
Annually, however, hens stop laying in order to concentrate their energies on changing their feathers: the so-called “moulting“.
Usually this complete renewal of plumage, and the consequent stop in laying, occurs at the end of the hen’s first year of life, in fall season.
The length of this period when hens do not lay also depends on their age, as the older they are, the more feathers are lost during the moult.
In optimal situations, hens stop laying from September to October with a duration of about 8-10 weeks.
Sometimes the stop of laying also starts in July-August. It will then last longer (18-20 weeks) and is typical of bad layers.
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