Born in March...stopped laying?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by epluim, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. epluim

    epluim Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two hens that were born in March, so they're about 6-7 months old. They were laying when we got them. Each of them laid about twice for me.

    But then they stopped. I've checked the coup. There aren't any places anything could be getting in to eat eggs. The chickens have food and water and plenty of space. They seem healthy and neither appear to be molting or broody. And the weather here has been gorgeous! Sunny 70s and 80s. I also don't see any bits of eggs or evidence that they're eating them.

    So, where are the eggs?
     
  2. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long have you had them?

    Sometimes a move can cause hens to stop laying until they get comfortable in their new home.
     
  3. epluim

    epluim Out Of The Brooder

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    I've now had them a couple weeks. They laid when they first arrived - the first 3 days. Then nothing.
     
  4. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am still thinking that the stress of moving caused them to stop laying. Hopefully they will start laying again soon. But sometimes it can take a while for a hen to start laying after a move.
     
  5. epluim

    epluim Out Of The Brooder

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    STILL not laying! Now I'm wondering if something is getting in, though. One of my chickies is dead!
     
  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds likely. If you've been leaving eggs in the coop something has probably been stealing them. When the eggs are no longer available, next cokes chicken.
    Go over your entire coop with a fine tooth comb and seal any gaps you can find.
     
  7. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sorry one of your chickens is dead.

    Was the chicken just dead, or did you see bite marks, or was the chicken taken?
     
  8. epluim

    epluim Out Of The Brooder

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    She was dead and pretty torn up.

    I don't know that I have been leaving eggs - I haven't been able to find any eggs - ever except for the first few days.

    I'll check my coop again. Sigh.
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2013
  9. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You stated at the beginning of this thread that you got two hens. Do you have any other chickens other than the two hens mentioned? Is it possible another chicken killed the hen?
     

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