Chicken stopped laying, will she lay eggs again?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by summer11963, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. summer11963

    summer11963 New Egg

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    Looking for some help. I had 12 chickens and recently a predator got all but one. Coop & run were both very secure, it was a sad day. So now my one White Wyandotte hen has stopped laying. She is 3.5 years old. I have since moved her to a new property (from my parents house to mine). She has a perfectly clean coop with plenty of clean pine shavings and straw. Fresh Water & clean food (her food has not changed). I also feed her vegetables. Her run is clean with ample space, and she gets to go free range in a good sized back yard on the regular. I have an egg in both nesting boxes to help promote laying. I will be getting more chickens but its the fall and with the cold weather on it's way I have to wait till spring. I'm assuming she is scarred 'egg less' after the attack on the rest of the flock? Or maybe because she is the only chicken? Will she lay again, what can I do? Thank you in advance!
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    She is just a bit stressed, with being moved and having no flock mates...She will lay again once she relaxes again...

    Cheers!
     
  3. Ducks4us

    Ducks4us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like multiple reasons to stop laying.
    The attack
    Being an only chicken after being part of a large flock
    Being moved to new property /coop
    Maybe you can find some hens or close to laying pullets to integrate in with her for the winter. They really need other chickens to live with. They dont do well alone. And they usually snuggle up pretty close on the roost at night in the winter to stay warm here so im sure she would benefit in more ways than one if you gave her a few flock mates before winter
     
  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Other poster already have done well answering your questions. I will just add, that it could be a while before she is comfortable to lay again. But just give her time to recover.

    Sorry for your loss!
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Stress, and the time of year are the main contributors to not laying. At her age, it's likely that she won't start laying again till spring is on the way. In the meantime, and keep those treats limited.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto Dat^^^^


    Curious tho, how did a predator kill 11 birds in a "very secure" coop and run?
     
  7. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Also, at her age she will probably be going into molt soon if she hasn't already.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Even without the attack and move, I'd not expect a 3+ year old hen to lay through the winter, unless supplemental lighting was used.

    I'd just let her take a break for the winter, sounds like she's earned it [​IMG]. After Solstice, as the days start getting longer, she'll come back into lay. Probably have eggs around Easter.
     
  9. summer11963

    summer11963 New Egg

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    After 6 months Shes LAYING EGGS again!!!! She is just shy of 5 years old!
     
  10. rodjac75

    rodjac75 New Egg

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    Good, I'm happy for you.
     

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