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I posted yesterday that my Gerty girl hasn't laid an egg in about 2 weeks. Everyone said it's probably because she isn't getting enough light .... but my other 3 are still laying.

 

Would there be a reason that she suddenly won't let me hold her? I used to hold her daily ... she'd squat and I'd pick her up. Now ... she runs :(  I hate it. I don't know if the above have anything to do with one another ... but I don't know how to fix it.

 

Any advice on what I can do? They are on layer feed ... should I get her more protein?

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I've read that being touched during a molt can be very uncomfortable for them. If she is molting it would explain both issues.

Dorothea

I am the keeper of an insane three-year-old daughter and four backyard chickens. 

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Dorothea

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Originally Posted by shodack View Post

I've read that being touched during a molt can be very uncomfortable for them. If she is molting it would explain both issues.


X2, are you sure your hen isn't molting?

~ Celia, a third generation Homesteader raising Chickens, Turkeys, and Ducks on an Off grid Homestead in rural Tennessee.

 

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She is only 7 months old. I haven't noticed much feather loss ... though above her tail she has mostly down looking feathers but I think that's pretty common for Easter Egger ladies. Could she be molting?
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Originally Posted by SurbFarmGirl View Post

She is only 7 months old. I haven't noticed much feather loss ... though above her tail she has mostly down looking feathers but I think that's pretty common for Easter Egger ladies. Could she be molting?

I doubt she's molting, but it is possible. most pullets won't molt their first year, but some will, so that is a possibility. Other than that, I'm not sure. It's possible now that she's mature she has become more aloof. Is it possible that there could be something wrong with her? I would catch her up and do an exam, check for lice, mites, injury, etc.


Edited by mymilliefleur - 11/19/15 at 4:46pm

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~ Celia, a third generation Homesteader raising Chickens, Turkeys, and Ducks on an Off grid Homestead in rural Tennessee.

 

Never give up. While we still live there is hope. With God all things are possible.

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She was laying ... up til about 2 weeks ago. sad.png Steadily .... an egg a day.
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Do you think that she may be in the early stages of broodiness perhaps?

 

CT

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