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Chickens stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bevbuzz, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. bevbuzz

    bevbuzz Hatching

    Jan 14, 2010
    Our guess is stubborn rebellious chickens mad at 2 brooders who now get the best nests full-time. They have 7 other places to lay that are perfectly fine that they've layed in before. But out of 15 adult chickens (3-4 1/2 years old) we're now getting about 2 eggs a day. They harass the brooders trying to get into their nests. They've had trouble on occasion in the past eating their eggs but I always saw signs - egg mess in the nest, occasional shell, one caught running with shell in its mouth while everyone chases for a piece of the action. But none of those signs at all now . We check for eggs about 3 times a day. They're in a pen so not anywhere we can think of we haven't looked already for them to be hiding them. Anyone heard of rebellious chickens that just turned off their laying until their favorite nest is returned to the flock?

  2. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    I can't recall that age when hens decrease laying, but that may enter into this equation.


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