Americana starts and stops laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by theeggandi, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. theeggandi

    theeggandi New Egg

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    Our favorite layer, an Americana, recently completed her molt, and started laying again. She was giving us an egg a day, then every couple of days, and now none! Temperatures in our area have remained the same, lighting is the same, food the same. Any ideas why she abruptly stopped?
     
  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    Because it is spring, she may be going broody. Other reasons for her to stop laying is stress and/or loss of water for a long period of time.
     
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  3. theeggandi

    theeggandi New Egg

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    Don't think it's stress. I only have hens (no rooster to stir things up!). Of course you never know what the 'girls' are thinking. They always have water available. Can't figure it out.
     
  4. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    If you notice her gradually making deeper clucks, clucking to herself, or staying in the laying box for a long period of time, she may be going broody.
     
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