chickens just stopped laying

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mel81, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. mel81

    mel81 New Egg

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    my hybrid hens are 10 months old. they have been on layer pellets from the day we got them. i have not changed the make or anything. there have not been any predators. there run and coop have no changed. in fact i am pretty certain everything is the same. they have just stopped laying quite suddenly for the last 3 weeks now. one of them has also lost all feathers from her neck. the other one is losing them all over which is not quite as noticeable. i have read that they do not molt in the first year. any ideas why they have stopped laying and for the feather loss. unfortunately i brought them for eggs and this is no longer happening. they have a good life and as i said above nothing has changed so i am stumped.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    In spite of what you read, it's pretty clear they are molting. They actually have partial molts well before a year old, and their schedule for the heavier molts is not all that predictable.
     
  3. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lots of things cause them to stop laying. Im not getting very many eggs right now either. I dont know where you live but weather/seasons changes because of lighting , molting, stress and a several others can cause this to happen. Im in Oregon & its the cloudy rainy seasons here plus a couple are molting. Its time to turn on the light for a few hours in the a.m. .
     
  4. MaddiesMum

    MaddiesMum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds like a molt! Egg production almost always decreases during a molt, and along with this time of year many of our birds have stopped (or nearly stopped) laying for the winter! Don't worry, this is all normal!
     

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