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15 to 17 month old hens stopped laying in May and haven't started again

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bmj199, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. bmj199

    bmj199 New Egg

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    I have searched and searched and haven't found a good reason for all my hens to stop laying. Starting in late May early June the production went from 4 or 5 eggs a day from 6 hens (3 stars, 2 aracauna, cochin and silky) to 1 maybe 2 eggs a day. I don't see any bugs, but dusted twice anyway with no change. I hear about molt and that it looks like a pillow fight gone wrong inside the coop, and I don't see that either. A few are missing some feathers and it doesn't look like there are replacements growing in. I understand when the cochin or silky go broody, but the stars were good for one a day each even in winter. Could it be they are just molting? Should I try worming, or dusting again? I probably wouldn't think twice about this, and just assume they are molting, but this spring when we went to a chicken chat at the local feed store they said this would be our most productive year.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. During hot summer weather laying may decrease. Worms can cause a decrease also. Most chickens have their first big molt around 18 months, so spring born chickens will be doing that Aug-Oct. Permethrin or Sevin are best for mites and lice, but you may want to make sure they have them before treating. Here is a link: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/08/poultry-lice-and-mites-identification.html
     

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