Do young hens ever just stop laying forever?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MandyFitch, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. MandyFitch

    MandyFitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Ameracauna hen stopped laying when it got hot in June (we're in Arizona) and has never laid an egg since then. Could she just be done? Does that happen? She's only a year old.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    It's rare in a bird that age but can easily happen. Usually the reason is disease, nutrition or continued stress.
    Diseases with no other symptoms could be Colibacillosis, Visceral Gout and Cage Fatigue. There are others but they would have more symptoms.
    Ovarian tumors are a possibility.
    Look at all the things that can interfere with laying and try a little detective work.
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/450/several-reasons-why-your-hens-may-stop-laying-eggs

    Stress from heat will cause a temporary lapse, if you continue to feed a bird that isn't actively laying eggs a layer feed, it's possible to induce visceral gout from excessive calcium.
     
  3. MandyFitch

    MandyFitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your replies. I now wonder if her eggs have just changed color? Somebody gave me white eggs two days in a row now. I've never had white eggs. They were weird, one was very rough and that's not the first time I've gotten a very light rough egg. The other looked just like every white egg you've ever seen except that the shell was very thin.

    Could this be my blue egg-laying Ameracauna??? The eggs used to be a really pretty light blue.
     
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    aldarita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the exact problem with my Wheaten Ameraucana. She is a year and a half and stopped laying in June. She has not laid an egg since then. She looks very healthy and behaves like the rest of the flock. Now I am concerned about her eating layer feed and not laying. I don't think I could separate her from the rest of the flock and give her grower feed. She will be isolated and this can stress her a lot. I wouldn't like to change the whole flock's feed because of her. Right now they are on Nutrena Feather Fixer because of the molt some of them are going thru. Wow this gets complicated. I hope she starts laying again soon.
     
  6. MandyFitch

    MandyFitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for posting that chart. I can't say for sure if the eggs looked anything like those since the photos are small but a calcium issue would make sense given the roughness of the egg. But all the girls free range and get excellent organic feed as well as lots of fruit and veggies from our table. I can't imagine where they'd get and excess of calcium and why it would only happen to one of them...
     
  7. MandyFitch

    MandyFitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the others are laying fine I wouldn't change anything. I also wouldn't separate them as even just a few days can make it really hard for them to reintegrate, in my limited experience. Anyway, my Ameracuana is totally feral. I'd hate to try and catch her! She looks so healthy! No fee problems, beautifully feathered, good color... Oh well, I'll have her until she dies of old age. Maybe she'll come around at some point.
     
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  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    You can plus size the chart on a pdf to see them full size.
     
  9. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can switch the whole flock over to starter/growing and just offer a separate dish with crushed egg shells/oyster shells. That way you're not having to worry about separating any of the birds from the flock and feeding anything different. Those who need the extra calcium will eat it and those who don't will leave it (or at least not eat enough to do any harm).
     

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