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Brown leghorn hen not laying eggs.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LMamaK, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. LMamaK

    LMamaK New Egg

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    We used to have 5 chickens however we aren't sure how (free range so they walk out 30 acre property) but are down to 3 (1 Rhode Island Red hen, I Easter egger rooster, and 1 brown leghorn) we were getting 2 eggs a day one from each hen. Now the Rhode Island is the only one laying....anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. Sonya9

    Sonya9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Many birds molt in the fall if they are at least 1 year old, they stop laying while molting.

    Or the shorter daylight hours could be causing the girls to stop laying for a bit.
     
  3. Akwasi

    Akwasi Out Of The Brooder

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    It may just be a break. Will resume later I guess
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    How old are they?
    If around 18 months old they may be molting.

    If younger, then I'd lock them up in the coop for a week as they are probably laying out in the range area.


    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. ..at least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.
     

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