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i have a very skiddish, strange chicken (just 8-9 months) who had been laying small beautiful blue eggs.  She stopped laying completely about 2 wks ago; why?  Is she due to be soup?

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Not if she's only 9 months old. There are breeds/lines that molt their first autumn if hatched early enough in the year.

She could be going into molt or it could be just the shortening days.

It could be other things as well but this time of year, those are the primary reasons.

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/450/several-reasons-why-your-hens-may-stop-laying-eggs/

 

She may not be laying now but it doesn't mean she can't lay for many more years.

I have a 6 year old ameraucana  that quit 3 weeks ago. She's molting now as she does this time every year. She kicked back in last December and laid 5-6 eggs a week for the next 9 months.

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Had a 9 month old molt last year.

 

Do you free range?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #4 of 4

She's likely going through a light molt.  Are her tail feathers missing?  Are you seeing her feathers lying around the coop/yard?  Once she is done molting, she'll start laying again.  I've had several 9 month old birds molt.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



Join us for the 7th Annual Easter Hatchalong!
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1074649/the-7th-annual-byc-easter-hatch-a-long/0_50

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