Forced moult

3 months 1 week ago #557331 by Queenie
Forced moult was created by Queenie
I have been given some 3 year old Shaver hens who recently stopped laying. Although they are pretty old for commercial hens I thought I might be able to get another season from them if they had a proper rest over winter. Then with a moult, and good food they would come back onto the lay (as long as everything is still functioning internally). My other hens this age (not commercial breeds) are already at various stages of their moult. However these Shavers aren't showing any signs of moulting yet. Is there something I can do to force the issue?

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2 months 3 weeks ago #557391 by Inger
Replied by Inger on topic Forced moult
No, they have to go through the process in their own time. It is possible that they won't lay again. They're genetically designed to lay themselves out at an early age. That's why people in the know, go for heritage breeds, cause they lay for a lot more years than the Shavers and Highlines. ;)

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