Americauna hen's giving me fits

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Meuelin, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. Meuelin

    Meuelin New Egg

    May 4, 2016
    Hey all - I have 4 hens, about 10 months old. Two of them are ISA Browns and the other two are Americauna's. I've been getting (for 4-5 months) a solid 6 eggs a week from each of my ISA's. The Americauna's are a different story. One of them (Not sure which) was laying about 4 eggs a week. Then she got broody. It only took a few days to break her of residing in the nesting box but... two months later - she has never resumed laying. The other Americauna has NEVER laid.

    I've done a considerable amount of reading and have yet to find an answer that makes sense to me. They all eat the same food (High quality layer crumble), have an all day/night supply of clean water. They free range during the day. That said, I locked them in the coop/run for almost a week just to re-acclimate them in the event that the Americauna had started to lay elsewhere. Still no eggs.

    Thoughts on why the one would never have laid? Still hopes for her? How about the one that went broody but then never resumed egg laying?

    Thanks in advance for any advice you can provide!
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Your 'Americaunas' are most likely Easter Eggers. Basically they are cross bred birds that may or may not carry the blue egg gene. They have been selected for color of egg laid rather than quantity. Depending upon genetic background some are moderately good egg layers and others not so much. They will never lay the weekly quantity that your ISA Browns will, but they may have a longer productive life as many of the sex link layers have a relatively short egg laying life. (Short as in a matter of a couple of years.)
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    Can you post a pic of the two birds in question?
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Your EE may be laying brown eggs....
    .....time to check vents and pelvic points to see if she is laying or not.

    Check all your birds for comparison.

    Vent Appearance:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying.

    Pelvic Points 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
  5. Meuelin

    Meuelin New Egg

    May 4, 2016
    Thanks! I'll post pics later today!
  6. Meuelin

    Meuelin New Egg

    May 4, 2016
    Thanks much! I'll investigate! I know the one was laying smaller "beige" eggs when she was laying.

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