Can a hen "run out" of eggs?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Aimless Farmer, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. Aimless Farmer

    Aimless Farmer Songster

    Jul 25, 2007
    N. Central MA
    I posted this previously, but still I am stumped. My EE hasn't layed an egg since 2/2/08. I'm absolutely sure of it. She appears healthy and normal in every other way. She turned 1 year old mid-April. She was my best layer previously. She layed my largest turquoise eggs. Can a chicken just run out of eggs?
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2008
  2. Is she molting? How old is she?
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I'm not sure if a hen can run out of eggs per se, but she could easily just stop laying for many reasons. Not sure about birds, but female mammals are born with every egg they will ever have. Hormones naturally prevent all eggs from being "used" per se.
  4. BlackSilkey

    BlackSilkey In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2008
    She could the yolk is on a cord inside her and finshes the white and shell befor it comes out once the cord is empty thats it no more eggs. But thats my opion but the cord thing is true.
  5. Arent they like turkeys? DOnt their little pelvic bones fuse once they stop laying? I dont know I saw that a couple of weeks ago on dirty jobs when mike was at the turkey farm artificially insemenating turkeys. Any truth to that?
  6. 3peeps

    3peeps Songster

    Jul 4, 2007
    Mine have been laying very sporadically, and I suspect a few things. Molting and stress from having a member of the flock being broody with chicks are the two most likely. One hen has feigned broodiness off and on since seeing the chicks. Our weather has been really strange, but I'm not sure that would affect it.
  7. BlackSilkey

    BlackSilkey In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2008
    Well small animals have to have a litter befor they are one or the pelvic bone fuses and they wont go through.

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