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Ameraucana not laying, not sick

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cindyandjoe, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. cindyandjoe

    cindyandjoe New Egg

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    I have 8 in my flock. All laying quite regularly. All getting fed organic nonGMO layer feed with oyster shell available. Matilda is a little over a year old---a very consistent layer of very large, gorgeous blue eggs. Like clockwork, probably 6 a week. She hasn't laid in about 5 days. She is healthy, saw her take a big ol' chicken poop just today, so she is not egg bound. But she has been in the nest almost everyday---runs out screaming her egg song like normal, but no egg. She's not broody...she spends plenty of time outside with the girls. She has all her regular normal behaviors, just no eggs are coming out. Is this anything to worry about???
     
  2. KingOfTheCoop02

    KingOfTheCoop02 Out Of The Brooder

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    If she is still going about her business as usual and look physically healthy, then she's probably fine. This happened one of my ladies too and she started back laying after a few days!
     
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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hens will often take breaks throughout the season. Some are days, others weeks and months. It is physically draining to continually produce eggs, so breaks allow them to build up some reserves again.
     
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  4. cindyandjoe

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    Ok I'm probably just overreacting. The only thing that seems odd to me is that she is in the nest box for a few hours, if not every day, then most days. And then acts like she laid an egg. But I super get that she needs/deserves a break. It's just like she's deluded that she's laying eggs.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I've had a few of those. I think maybe they are used to the routine so they keep it up, and go throughout the whole thing. An egg bound hen will usually get really sick. I f she's eating, drinking and scratching about odds are she is fine.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto Dat^^^


    Not unusual for Ameraucana/EE's to be inconsistent layers either.
     
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  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    Depends on the source/breeding. I've had EE who are star performers in my flock. I've always said that Ams are not as good as EE when it comes to productivity. But, I have one little Am who's a very good layer.
     

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