Australorp Just Stopped Laying? Why

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crazy chook, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. crazy chook

    crazy chook Songster

    Apr 8, 2010
    Langwarrin, Victoria
    My big Australorp hen that is 18months old that just stopped laying eggs. She had a runny eye and cough for two days. By the time I got her some antibiotics to put in the water it was all cleared up and she was back to her normal self? I don't know what happened or what it was especially to only last two days. I am out with them every day and she was not acting any differently but ever since that day she has stopped laying. It is winter here now so she is not in moult.

    Why has she stopped laying?? any ideas
  2. KKatknap

    KKatknap Songster

    Nov 15, 2009
    Albany, OR
    All of my girls (including the 2 Australorps) stopped laying for awhile in the winter. It has to do with daylight hours. If they are not getting enough light, they will take a break until it picks up again in the spring.
  3. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    From my experience hens molt after 1 year of laying no matter what the season and 18 months is about right.

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