My Flock O’ Five is winding up moulting.
Hens look done, rooster still looking a bit ratty.
But nobody has laid for months.
I was thinking they may have aged out.
Oldest is a Barred Rock who’s 6, other hens are an Easter Egger I guesstimate at 5, a Wyandotte probably 4 or 5 & a Cochin who’s 3.
I know none, save the BR, are known as heavy producers.
The Wyandotte was last to give up laying - her eggs have distinctive mottling.
Then last week, I was doing my sweep of their fenced yard & found 3 eggs - 2 def the Wyandotte’s & 1 maybe.
I’d found the odd egg outside the coop before, hence my Search & Destroy.
Not often & nest boxes were being used.
We’d had cool enough weather so I figured they were good. And 2 of the 3 were, last still unused.
My questions are:
#1-Why are they boycotting the nestboxes?
#2How long after moult is done I can expect eggage to resume? My feeble memory can’t recall (after 10+yrs of chickens )