EE stopped laying. Should I worry?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by animalgrl, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. animalgrl

    animalgrl Chirping

    Jun 7, 2015
    My EE, who is about 10 months old, was regularly laying an egg every other day. The last egg she laid was last Friday (6 days ago). Is it just that the days are getting short? I'd say we're getting about 10.5 hours of daylight right now, and I'm in the SF Bay area, so temperatures are not cold (nighttime lows have been around 50, daytime temps 65-80). She seems to be acting fine and eating and drinking. Should I worry at this point, or has she just stopped laying do to the shorter days?
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Songster

    Apr 22, 2015
    Hens will stop laying because of less light, but it could also be stress, diet, molting, etc. You'd be wise to keep an eye on her. I would not worry much about it though. It is not unusual for a hen to simply take a break.

    JJWHITE In the Brooder

    Nov 10, 2014
    We have 11 hens and during the summer we were getting 6 - 8 eggs every day. In the last two weeks the laying dropped drastically. We are getting 2-3 eggs every day now. We installed a light in the coop a few days ago. With that they are getting 12 hours of light every day now. We'll see how that goes. They are also molting right now so I am sure that's part of the issue. This is our first go at having chickens and are learning a lot. Next issue will be how to keep the water from freezing in the winter.
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Every EE I ever owned quit laying for the winter, even the first season, it does depend on what mixes they are but I have found them to be unreliable, they are bred more for egg color not production.
  5. animalgrl

    animalgrl Chirping

    Jun 7, 2015
    Thanks! I've had bad chicken luck so far, so I'm a little paranoid. But I don't want to be looking for trouble. I'll keep an eye on her for now.
  6. 7littlegirls

    7littlegirls Songster

    Aug 18, 2015
    Long Island NY
    I'm down on the egg count also. Short days and molting [​IMG] But my EE is one that gives me eggs even with molting

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