EE Stopped Laying...Again. Stress?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by prescottchicken, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. prescottchicken

    prescottchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I know WHY my hen doesn't lay. But can someone help me figure out how to help her relax? My EE/Americauna is very susceptible to stress and she's had a lot of it lately! She has only laid for about 10 weeks of her life (she's a year old). We moved and then a coyote ate her BFF and THEN a raccoon got an arm in the run and pulled off the head of a pullet. so now she is freaked out and also depressed that she is no longer allowed to roam free.

    SO: assuming that the fortress in which my chickens now reside ceases the predator attacks, is there a way to help my little lady relax and start to lay again? Or should I just appreciate her for the funny and sweet pet that she is and get some more laying chicks this spring?
     
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  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say, "time." Given that she has no more trauma, I would just give her time.
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Time and lots of TLC. I've read once that a little ACV (apple cider vinegar) in their drinking water helps chickens overcome stress. I have not tried this myself, so I can't tell you if it's true or not, but it may be worth a try? If anything their ACV has got health benefits :)
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Yep......and time.......and also know that often EE's are not prolific or consistent layers.
     

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