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Cream Legbars - Do they stop laying in winter?

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Hi everyone, So this fall we had some new experiences. My New Hampshire Red and 2 guinea hens  (all 1 year old) went through a molt (moult?) for the first time. They all seem to have stopped laying, though it looks like feathers are growing back now. I can't find eggs anywhere on the property, and I'm usually pretty good at detective egg work.

 

But while that was happening, my younger new layer, a Splash Marans, got something respiratory possibly, and dropped dead. The other young one, the Cream Legbar, seems healthy and happy, but has not laid an egg in several weeks, when the molting of the other chicken started.

 

Any input, advice? 

 

I did try keeping them in the coop and run during the day for 2 days, but no eggs. The only one laying is my younger Black Copper Marans, every day, like clockwork.

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My concern would be that while the CL may not be symptomatic, she may have contracted what took your SM and that has caused her to shut down.  The repro system is often the first thing to be shut down when their bodies need to direct resources to things like battling illness, etc.  You say it was "something respiratory" - what specific symptoms were there?  Knowing what took that bird will be key.

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My concern would be that while the CL may not be symptomatic, she may have contracted what took your SM and that has caused her to shut down.  The repro system is often the first thing to be shut down when their bodies need to direct resources to things like battling illness, etc.  You say it was "something respiratory" - what specific symptoms were there?  Knowing what took that bird will be key.


Obviously you have health problem in your flock which stop the egg production at the worst timming because the daylight is too short. I think that you must give the correct antibiotic program and wait 2-3 months until the hours of the day start to augment again. Sorry for my english.

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So, she had a runny nose, it was goopy, for several weeks, but was still laying. Then, she started to sit in the coop with her butt up against the box backing, for a week, when the others were out playing. Then she had puffy eyes a bit, still runny nose, then lastly, she had a mucky bottom. Two days later, she had what seemed like paralysis, was lying in the bottom of the coop, and could not move. She died within an hour of that. I gave them Wazine during this period, and electrolytes, as well as cat food, leafy greens, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, love, and lice powder.

 

That's all I know! thanks so much for your time,

sasha

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Antibiotics, or worms possibly? THere are white flaky tiny pieces in the poop.?

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