EE not laid at all in 2 months

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cbohn80, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. cbohn80

    cbohn80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my ee hasnt laid in just over 2 months, prior to this she was my best layer with an egg everyday. i understand that there should be a drop off with less daylight but to stop all together doesnt seem right. my other 7 birds are still giving me an average of 5-6 eggs a day. anyone has any ideas? even my ducks are laying when everyone says they wont start until the spring. thanks for any help
     
  2. cbohn80

    cbohn80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if it helps i do use artificial light for the last 2 weeks and it hasnt helped.
     
  3. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    They typically won't lay when they molt, and some can be slow to start back after a molt.
     
  4. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with CelticaOaks. My best layer is in a molt and hasn't laid in a month. She sure looks raggedy.[​IMG]
     
  5. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    first off, how old is she? Second, do they free range? At age 2, egg production can taper off, and I have even heard of it stopping all together. This IS the season that egg production slows, and for some, may even stop. I do not know if artificial light will give you any results in only two weeks. If she is moulting, it could be a very long time before you get eggs. If you free range them, it is possible that she has found a hidden spot somewhere, and has been laying eggs all this time.
     
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  6. cbohn80

    cbohn80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she isnt even a year old yet so she cant be molting, also she does free range a few hours each day but i have a very small yard that i search for eggs everytime i put the ladies away, and if i didnt find them i would catch my dogs finding them. any other ideas? i have no clue whats happening
     
  7. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im not sure [​IMG] I found a hidden nest in my back yard almost a year after I lost the hen that was laying them. My last easter egger was not a very good layer, maybe four eggs a week. She didn't really slow in the winter though. It may just be that your hen is mixed with a breed that is not a good winter layer. Maybe she will pick back up in the spring.
     
  8. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine has stopped also. Maybe one egg a week. I'll stay in control till spring and see what they do.
     
  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    They can go through a minor molt before a year old. I currently have 3 girls under 1 year old going through minor molts. (and not laying)
     
  10. project7030

    project7030 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine stopped too for almost two months, even with artificial light. Then a week ago she started up again. Must be an EE quirk.
     

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