Anyone else have Hens stop laying or very sporatic laying lately?????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mommy25babies, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. mommy25babies

    mommy25babies In the Brooder

    Aug 10, 2013
    So frustrated feel like I'm doing everything right.. everyrhing I'm suppose to do.. good nutrition open roaming clean disease free hens and coop scraps.. and of 4 hens I get an egg a day if I'm lucky. From the same hen too.. all the other three are not laying. Sigh.
  2. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    Don't suppose your girls are molting, are they?
  3. chickgarden

    chickgarden Chirping

    Apr 1, 2012
    I have one that has gone down to laying about one huge egg a week. She used to lay almost daily. All my others are still laying.
  4. Messipaw

    Messipaw Songster

    Apr 3, 2013
    When ever I have hens coming off of a "no lay" time.I wait a week or two then give them cayenne pepper in a scrambled egg mix. Within a day we get eggs. Lol lol can't explain why or how but it works. I found a link on this site. Good luck.
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  5. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Where do you live? Are the days getting shorter? If so, your hens could very well be getting ready to molt for the next few months. During this period they will lose feathers, and grow new ones. They may stop laying altogether or seriously cut down on the number since their energy will be devoted to new feather growth.
  6. mommy25babies

    mommy25babies In the Brooder

    Aug 10, 2013
    No all 6month their prime. Maybe the heat??
  7. chattykathy306

    chattykathy306 In the Brooder

    May 6, 2012
    My hens have hardly been producing any eggs. I have 5 and got one egg today. One or two days I got none. The most has been 3-4 one or twice. This has been pretty much all summer. The temps here have fluctuated, so it isn't the heat. I really miss the green ones from my EE. They seem healthy and active, although one has survived being hit by a car and having her tail feathers taken out by a dog. I think she is still the one who laid the single egg today. Good girl! I did quit adding the ACV to the water, when I ran out of it and it is so far to go to get some more of the organic stuff. I have driven there since, but have gotten out of the habit of using it. Could this make such a difference? I almost don't want to keep them over the winter if they aren't going to be laying eggs. I am quite discouraged. [​IMG]
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    You say open roaming---sounds like hidden nests to me. Try confining them for a few days and see what happens.
  9. mommy25babies

    mommy25babies In the Brooder

    Aug 10, 2013
    I'm happy to report four eggs daily.. not sure why the strike.. but I added a fan and chicken a/c (a closed container of ice) in coop at night and ever since.. daily eggs.. interesting...they all lay in same nesting box even though I have a few.
  10. tonkatuff1981

    tonkatuff1981 Hatching

    Sep 7, 2013
    My hens are young still, 25 wks and finally started laying got about three eggs each out of them, except one who still hasn't laid, before they just stopped. I also have two older (18mth) old hens who religiously each lay a day. Good food, plenty of water.
    Wondering if the stress from finishing their hen house disturbed them that much. Its been 2 wks and only my older hens are laying???

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