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Chickens not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicks Galore3, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    My friend recently consulted me about her chickens not laying. I offered about 10 different reasons why the wouldn't be, mites/lice, worms, molting and lack of light included. She says those aren't it. She said that they stopped laying right after the day the farmer next to them spraying his fields and a strong wind blew the chemicals all over their property and killed most of their garden. Is there a connection between this and the drop in egg laying? They haven't been laying for about 3-4 months. I asked her how old they are, still waiting for a reply.
     
  2. Frankie Ruiz

    Frankie Ruiz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the spray could potentially be deadly to the birds. i would say its that..
     
  3. PrairieChickens

    PrairieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anything strong enough to kill most of their garden would most likely cause serious health problems in the birds. Their bodies are probably very busy trying to stay healthy enough to not die, and nothing is left over to make eggs. It's probably for the best that they're not laying, since their eggs would likely be contaminated as well.
     
  4. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Poor birds. :( Good thing I always keep my chickens looked up, vents closed, when the sprayer are out. Will they ever lay eggs again?
     
  5. PrairieChickens

    PrairieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I couldn't even begin to say. For one thing, I'm not a vet, so even if I was there with the chickens physically in front of me, my guess would be little more than that--a guess. It is entirely possible that they're not laying for reasons completely unrelated to the sprayer and they have another problem altogether. Illness or parasites will also put birds off their laying, but the timing leads me to believe it's related to the spraying somehow.

    All I can recommend is seeking the advice of a vet. It may be something that can be remedied, or it may be time to consider getting some new birds to replenish the flock.
     
  6. cypressdrake

    cypressdrake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens are very sensible to pesticides and / or any change in their environment.
     

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