Are some Hens better layers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by souperlady, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. souperlady

    souperlady New Egg

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    My hen hasn't laid an egg for 7 days now! Her behavior has not changed, she is eating, and I examed her and she feels normal. She goes through the motions of laying, but doesn't lay! Don't know what to do? My other hen lays everyday like clock work. Are some hens better layers than others? Can anyone help!
     
  2. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed is she? How old is she? Yes, some chicken breeds lay better than others.

    HS Pye
     
  3. souperlady

    souperlady New Egg

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    She is 9 months old and she is a Barred plymouth rock.
     
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    She is 9 months old and she is a Barred plymouth rock.
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]

    What worries me a little bit is you say the hen is "going through the motions" of laying, without producing an egg. Did you check to see if she's egg bound? There is a list of symptoms here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-diagnose-and-treat-a-egg-bound-hen

    Other reasons for non-laying can be molting, broodiness, incorrect feeding, stress, parasites, weather extremes... Some of those will most likely affect the whole flock, or at least more than one hen. Since it's only the one hen she may be broody, or starting a molt. How old is she anyway?
     
  6. Peplers chicks

    Peplers chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sumi I enjoy your advice, it is very educating, and like the links you add
     
  7. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She could be going through her first molt. Is she losing any feathers?

    HS Pye
     

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