2 y o sexlink not laying

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  1. kaperi

    kaperi Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I have a question and can't seem to find the answer.
    Last summer I got a 4 month old red sexlink. She layed everyday.
    This winter I brought her to a neighbors coop as I was not yet ready to keep mine over winter. I brought her back in may, and she has not layed one single egg since. She is healthy, eats well, roams free during the day, parasite free, eats fresh vegetables everyday. I really cannot see why she had not layed for like 6 months. I've had her for a year and a half and got her at 4 months of age. [​IMG]
     
  2. penny1960

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    The two facing? they both look like cockerel's could it have been another
    bird that layed back then?
     
  3. kaperi

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    no not a doubt, i used to have only those two and I had a brown and a white egg everyday [​IMG]
     
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    Do you know the mix of your sexlink? if you have another breed in her such as a Jersey Giant, and you know that she isn’t showing any other symptoms, then maybe she just isn’t producing as many eggs because of her breed. Jersey Giants, another example, are great dual purpose birds for meat and eggs. Yet, they won’t produce as much as some other breeds of chickens.
    you said you sent the birds to your friend right some birds are very sensitive to changes do you have a white light in the coop?
    if they are free ranging are you sure she is not laying under a bush or something
     
  5. junebuggena

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    The change in environment likely stressed her enough to stop production. It can take some hens over a month to adjust to a new home and start laying again. Right now, it looks like she's molting. That's another reason for not laying. And if you are feeding layer, and offering a lot of extras, it could be that she hasn't been getting enough protein to produce eggs.
     
  6. kaperi

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    Thanks a lot for your help!
    I didn't seem to find any information on the reason. It's been over six months that's she's not laying.
    How long does molting take? This picture is from over a month ago..
    and what about her food, what should I do about it
     
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    Molting can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months, depending on the hen. And it is very common for hens to not lay after molting until spring is on the way. I have one hen that started a very gradual molt in July. She just finished growing in her feathers last month. And it's not likely that I'll see eggs from her until February. Layer feed usually has just enough protein in it for egg production, if it's the only thing the birds have access to. Too many treats and extras will reduce to overall protein intake to the point that egg production is simply not possible. Egg whites are mostly protein, after all, and that protein has to come from somewhere. Free range birds tend to produce better when offered a diet with a higher protein content, like grower or flock raiser.
     
  9. kaperi

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    Well that's interesting to know.
    I was wondering if I should keep her or if she will start laying again if she stopped for six months..
    I don't know much about Feeding, I know I give them the laying hen diet, it's not enough?
    I add vegetables and carbs to their diet a bit every morning. I give them green raw coleslaw too.
    What should I add or take from their diet?

    Thanks!
     
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