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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 Hatching

    Mar 31, 2013
    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 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    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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