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chicken stopped laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hennedout, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. hennedout

    hennedout Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 1 1/2 year old brown leghorn that went broody this summer. After a few days she got over it but hasn't laid an egg since! She is the only one in the flock who lays white eggs so I'm positive there are no eggs from her. Why would she not lay since? She is acting normal and happy.

    thanks for the help!
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    It often takes a hen a while to get over being broody. Because (at least in the United States-- I'm not sure where your are) daylight hours are decreasing, she may not start laying until spring. Also, has anything stressful ocurred lately, like a predator attack? Stress can cause a chicken to stop laying/not lay. Lastly, does it look like she is molting? 1 1/2 years is a common age for a chicken to molt.
     
  3. hennedout

    hennedout Out Of The Brooder

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    I am in PA and daylight is definitely getting shorter but she went broody in the beginning of the summer. Towards the end of the summer I moved the coop and let them free range a little more so the flock as a whole seemed happier. But in the last week I think a hawk got one of my girls and the rest of them were pretty upset about it and were hiding for awhile. maybe it is a combination of everything?
     
  4. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When my hens go broody it takes 3-4 months before they start laying again.
     
  5. hennedout

    hennedout Out Of The Brooder

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    that makes me feel better. thanks! I hope she gets back to it soon!
     

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