EE Stopped Laying...Again. Stress?

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

  1. prescottchicken

    prescottchicken Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2014
    Prescott Arizona
    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?
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2014
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I would say, "time." Given that she has no more trauma, I would just give her time.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    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

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Yep......and time.......and also know that often EE's are not prolific or consistent layers.

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