Chickens just STOPPED laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by itsnickers, May 18, 2016.

  1. itsnickers

    itsnickers Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 Red Stars that just turned a year old and 2 Easter Eggers that are 21 weeks and were introduced to our Red Stars about three months ago. They keep separate but have no problems (Eggers keep their distance and let the older girls eat first).

    Our Red Stars have been giving us an egg a day since last September; so for about 8 months (one of them skips a day every month or so). Suddenly, we had one day with 2 eggs, then the next day NONE. It's been about 3 days now and NO EGGS. I don't think the girls are molting since they have all their feathers. They are eating and pooping and running around like healthy hens. We feed them layer feed, scratch, scraps and they have a very large run and coop but free range for half the day as well. Oh, we live in Arizona and we reached 104 degrees the other day but then 97 and 89 afterward. The Red Stars lived in this climate last year and did just fine. The coop stays cool and the run has a mister system and plenty of shade and water all the time on automatic timers.

    Any idea why they stopped laying?? Anything I can do?? Anyone know for how long? HELP!
     
  2. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they free range? Or confined to a run and coop?
     
  3. itsnickers

    itsnickers Out Of The Brooder

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    They are confined to coop and run for half the day and free range the second half - we have a 1/3 of an acre with grass and misc. the coop is 12 x 12 and the run is 20 x 60.
     
  4. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would guess they are hiding the eggs then. My hens do it every once in a while.
    But mine free range all day.

    I would recommend to keep them in just the run and coop for the next few days and see if you get all the eggs.
     
  5. itsnickers

    itsnickers Out Of The Brooder

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    We wondered about that! As we were so surprised to get no eggs for the first time ever......We checked the entire property, under everything and everywhere - no eggs. So then, we left them in for a day too - no eggs anywhere.
     
  6. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My red stars have slowed down too though.. I'll hopefully figure it out eventually
     

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