Barred Rock stopped laying, has restarted

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jeffnolan, May 1, 2017.

  1. jeffnolan

    jeffnolan Just Hatched

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    One of my barred rock hens is a year old and had been successfully laying eggs at a good rate. I should add that the eggs were thin-shelled despite having oyster shell readily available.

    She stopped laying eggs and I was concerned about her. I monitored her and thought that she might be suffering from a calcium deficiency so I fed her some Tums. I could feel an egg in her, I gave her a warm water bath. The next morning I found an egg under her roost, but it was gelatinous, not at all hard shelled. Later that day I found another egg in the nest box, a miniature egg. That was about a month ago, she had not laid eggs since then.

    This hen is otherwise healthy, eats well and is active. Her disposition is just like my other barred rock hens. I assumed something malfunctioned inside her and I now had a hen that was pretty much a pet.

    Two days ago I found an egg in the morning, and I knew it did not come from my other hens, and yesterday and today the count was an egg from each hen. So she is now laying again. Any thoughts?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Some hens take breaks throughout the season, so I wouldn't worry about her. The soft shelled egg was probably from the stress of you soaking and poking her.

    Egg bound hens are rare, and always very sick, so I don't think your hen had anything wrong with it. Most of my hens don't lay continuously or daily.
     
  3. jeffnolan

    jeffnolan Just Hatched

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    Thanks
     

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