Chickens all stopped laying?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ImaChickenGirl, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. ImaChickenGirl

    ImaChickenGirl Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 31, 2013
    I have two different ages of chickens the one pen they are about 1 year old and the other pen they are just pullets. Last month the pullets were only giving my about 3 eggs per day they had already been laying for about 2 months (I have about 20 birds) they stopped about 2 weeks ago, the 1 year old's were giving my 15 to 20 eggs per day (20 birds also) the egg production slowly went down until last week they stopped laying all together I haven't got one egg in a week. One of the pullets is still laying but I have a big family and we pretty much live off eggs and this is a pretty hard on us!

    I ran out of oyster shell for about a month and got some yesterday and am starting to feed them it, does that have anything to do with it? I also don't have a light on in the pullet coop cause they are still in the movable pen because we are in the middle of building their coop (we have been so busy mucking out barns fixing cars and building a silo! This year has been hard) so the coop is being put off but will hopefully be done by middle of December but until then they won't have any light. The 1 year old hens have a light and they still aren't laying. I am going to start de-worming them cause that might be part of the problem. But I have raised chickens like this for years (sometimes going without oyster shell for 5 months) and we have never in 10 years had this problem.

    Any advise would be greatly appreciated!
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2013
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Just go down the list of potential causes. Stress, visitations by a predator, prolonged noise, construction, near the coop. Molt, your one year olds may be doing that, but I had a few of this years pullets molt on me this year. Parasites, worms, mites and lice. Light, your on that. Laying out of the designated spot, with that many hens some should have still been laying in the nest. Change in feed, if they free range as their primary diet, the range may be less then they need. Oyster shell doesn't make them lay, just helps the shell be stronger. An egg predator, when your getting a lot of eggs it can go unnoticed, when they aren't laying tons of eggs those few can easily disappear.
  3. X2 I have 14 hens (who are mature enough to lay) and I get 5 eggs a day. The hens who lay in one of the coops eggs get eaten by mice. I don't care about eggs, I am a vegan but...

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