EE Hen Won't Lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrsruzek, May 16, 2016.

  1. mrsruzek

    mrsruzek In the Brooder

    Sep 14, 2015
    I have an easter egger who won't lay. I've had the same six hens for about 7 months, and all of them are great layers except one of my EEs. She's about 1 year old. She has never once laid an egg. My other easter egger, who is the same age as her, is laying great.
    She has been sick a couple of times with something respiratory, but got over it. She still has a lingering cough/sneeze but all of her behaviors (other than the not laying) are healthy. She has energy, eats and drinks great, has a red comb, etc. None of the other hens have respiratory problems and they've been together for 7 months now.
    Isn't this strange? Why doesn't she lay?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Some respiratory diseases can cause temporary or permanent damage to the oviduct.

    Since she has never laid, I wouldn't be feeding her layer feed. She could end up with kidney damage and eventually gout, which would kill her anyway - and it can cause no egg production.
    A hen can lay eggs as long as she has 2 functioning segments of the 6 kidney segments. Once another is damaged she'll quit.

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