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cornish x (I think) stopped laying - any idea why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pixiechic, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. pixiechic

    pixiechic Songster

    Apr 23, 2008
    North GA
    Lucille, whom I suspect is a cornish cross, has been laying reliably every other day since late June. Now it's been 4-5 days without an egg. I know she's not considered a laying breed, but does anyone know why she might have stopped laying? As far as I can tell, there hasn't been anything traumatic going on, and she doesn't seem sick or unhappy. Is it the heat? It's been pretty freakin' hot here in GA (97 degrees this afternoon) and I know meat birds have a difficult time in the heat. I'm keeping a close eye on her and she has plenty of shade and water.

    I got Lucille from a neighbor so I am not 100% sure of her age or breed, but she's around 8-10 months old and a really hefty girl: [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2008
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I'd bet it's the heat.

    She sure looks like a CornishX to me....and they are known for their inability to handle heat.

    You must have been doing something right to get her to laying age...they are also not known for their longevity due to their disposition to drop dead from heart trouble.
  3. pixiechic

    pixiechic Songster

    Apr 23, 2008
    North GA
    thanks arlee453. I honestly never thought she'd live this long. Lucille is primarily free-range, so she's pretty active for a bird of this size, and one of my 4-month-old cockerels tries to mount her every day -- but I'm not sure if that helps or not! He's half her size and it doesn't seem to bother her. [​IMG] I was really surprised when she started laying, so I consider every egg a bonus -- just wanted to make sure not-laying isn't a symptom of something bad.
  4. Jilara

    Jilara Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    Bay Area, CA
    Hmm, she looks like Bianca, the Incredible Collapsing Hen. After posting here earlier about her tendency to "lie down on the job," it's actually encouraging to read that yours has survived 8-10 months and was laying. Hopefully, Bianca will survive to lay some eggs. We should compare notes on our Cornish X hens, sometime down the road.

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