Chickens aren't laying :(

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by abbymckinn, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. abbymckinn

    abbymckinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, so I have 6 chickens. 2 Speckled Sussex, one Americana, two campines and one production red. I am a little confused cause they where all laying pretty good ( except one of the campines that I think is older) but then they slowed down in summer. Only the production red and Americana have started laying again. I know they are not laying elsewhere, cause we have locked them in the coop for a couple days. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
     
  2. Jeremy805

    Jeremy805 Out Of The Brooder

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    Are they missing feathers
     
  3. abbymckinn

    abbymckinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope, except for the campines, but I think one is a lot older, and the other got attacked by a dog a while ago, she is fine just spooky. Two of them (speckled Sussex and production red) have a cough/sneezing, but the production red is still our best layer! I don't know why they aren't laying?! They get plenty to eat, exersize, love, and treats!
     
  4. joycem

    joycem New Egg

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    I have the same problem. 2 Sussex speckled have not been laying for 3 weeks. One is missing a lot of feathers. I heard they don't lay when molting. But now I am worried about the amount of feather loss too. Does anyone have any experience with this?
     
  5. abbymckinn

    abbymckinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't, they don have any feather loss?!
     
  6. dudenga

    dudenga New Egg

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    You may consider changing the laying crumble you feed. Although it's getting cooler and they slow down or stop anyway. Maybe you will have to wait till spring to get a better assessment. I feel that even free range should have a supplemental for good production.
     
  7. abbymckinn

    abbymckinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, they mainly free range, a lot of meal worms and treats and some chicken feed along with birdseed. So they have enough to eat and a varied diet.
     
  8. Jobele

    Jobele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As the days get shorter....the chickens slow down on laying. So many thing can affect the way chickens lay:

    1. Diet
    2. Lack of clean water
    3. Lack of sunlight (shorter days)
    4. Temperature fluctuations (cold one day....hot the next)
    5. Feeling insecure (like closed in spots to lay eggs)
    6. Any type of trauma (dog, coon, snake, rats invading their territory).
    7. Illness of some sort
    8. Moulting (loosing feathers and getting new feathers....sometimes takes several months)
    9. Not getting proper nutrition from feed
    10. Also need grit and oyster shell free choice at all times

    Right now in TX we are experiencing crazy weather.....warm....cold and a few hot days....so the chickens are confused and are not laying right now. I've also been told that they will start laying again after the Solstice (Dec. 21, 2013). So, we'll see........[​IMG]
     
  9. abbymckinn

    abbymckinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks for your reply!!! I think they are molting. We are getting one egg from our red star..
     
  10. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feel like the chickens all laugh at me. I'm an easy mark. I keep feeding & caring for them and they aren't even laying eggs. 15 birds. 1 egg a day. I'm a sucker!
     

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