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Hi

My leghorn, Dora, who is 2 years old has only laid 1 egg since Xmas day. Prior to this she had been laying about 5 eggs a week for about 16 months. She is healthy and has a good diet and grit. Is this normal? She was always such a noisy girl when laying  an egg. Is she likely to start laying again soon?  The others are laying OK. Any help with this would be most welcome,

Thanks

Maggie

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She could be starting to wind down her laying career, or just taking a break. Either way she is laying what she can. What type of diet? Sometimes they need more protein than what's in a layer ration, and oyster shells should always be available in a separate dish to avoid any deficiencies.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Welcome to BYC!

 

Did she molt last fall?

Do you free range?

 

Leghorns are short term, high production birds and can slow down dramatically around 2-3 years.

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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