Can you stop a chicken from laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dweder, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. dweder

    dweder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2010
    Glen Ellyn, Illinois
    I have a 2 year old BO who gets eggbound almost weekly. She lays perfectly hard eggs for about 3 days then produces a softshell which doesn't come out easily enough. Has anyone ever heard of a process that would stop her laying machinery from working? She's very dear to me so I would never consider the obvious. I will continue to sit with her in warm baths until this problem is fixed. It's been going on for the last year and I've done everything possible with her diet to fix it naturally.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Can you spay a chicken? I know shortening the daylight hours is an option, but I don't know if it will stop it completely or just dramatically slow it down..
  3. airmechreed

    airmechreed Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2011
    Colorado Springs
    Find a vet to take out her girl has been done if you don't want to do the other option. don't know what it would cost. Also keeping her in the dark with minimal light exposure.
  4. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 6, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    I read somewhere about a lady who took her hen to the vet twice a year for some shot that prevented her from laying eggs. But that was a while ago and I'm not sure where I read that. But her hen was so prone to being egg bound that she couldn't take it. And she couldn't put her down as she was a pet and her favorite.

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