Aumeraucana stopped laying after only 5 eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Grantchick, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. Grantchick

    Grantchick New Egg

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    Greetings!
    I have 5 chickens: 1 Black Australorp, 3 Buff Orpingtons and 1 Aumeraucana.
    We got them 3 days old and all of them started laying after roughly 5/6 months.
    Since Aumeraucana's eggs are green, we were able to tell easily when Little Moe
    started to lay eggs. After only 5 eggs, there was no sign of green eggs. It's been now
    since Sept 8th without any green eggs. I searched the coop and outdoors high and low
    without sign of any part of shell. I examined Little Moe, he seems healthy and eating well.
    They eat crumble with occasional scratch couple times a week and some bread/veggie
    scraps. Help! I was really looking forward to have green eggs. :) Thank you for
    any and all suggestions!
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!

    If you free range your birds, you might want to coop them up for a week,
    both to see who is laying and habituate them to laying in the coop nests.

    Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers.
    Leaving them locked in the coop for 2-3 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests.
    They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon.
    You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it.
     
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