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EE stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SammileeChickie, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. SammileeChickie

    SammileeChickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently got a new wyandotte chicken to add to my two chicken flock and a week or two later my EE stopped laying.
    She isn't being bullied, she's the middle one in the pecking order and is the main bully to the new chicken. Could it be that she's stressed on being a bully lol.? Or could it be that the weather has changed.? My barred rock is still laying eggs, one a day.
     
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most likely it is the decrease in light during the winter. Adding a new hen could stress her as well, but given the season it is normal for hens laying to drop off.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    How old is she? Do you see any feathers around? If it were the addition of the new bird, laying would cease sooner than a week or two later.
     
  4. simplyseren

    simplyseren Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had a similar situation with my EE. She stopped laying abut june of this summer. She still has not layed. I dont know how old she is since I got her last November. She is near the top of the pecking order, since she is the only EE, I have 2 RIR and 10 silkies. they are all free range, and there is a heat lamp on all night in the coop, and a LARGE windo in the coop as well for extra light in the coop during the day. I have found her in the nesting boxes this past week sleeping, but she is not laying..
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Have you wormed her? Worms and other parasites (lice, mites) can also affect laying.
     
  6. SammileeChickie

    SammileeChickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update.!
    I also noticed her feathers are falling out, I definately don't think she is being picked on, her and the other chicken (barred rock) were my first two chickens and they pecked but never pulled feathers.
    My BR is top of pecking order, then my EE and last my wyandotte.
    But all of a sudden I noticed my EE feathers around her face are falling off, her big beautiful tail she once had is gone and is just a stub and I could see the grey fluffy feathers poking out from under her top layer feathers.
    Could she be molting.?!? She's only nine months.!
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, she's molting. It seems like there have been a lot of pullets molting this winter. Some of my pullets molted this year, as early as 8 month old.
     
  8. SammileeChickie

    SammileeChickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really.? I thought they molted after like two years :( will she be okay in the cold.? She won't loose all her feathers at once will she.? It's raining right now and tomorrow's high is 56 degrees
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Every chicken molts differently, some are slow, some all at once, she won't get cold, 50's isn't really cold, she might get uncomfortable or hang back a bit. I have a couple still molting, this has been a long warm fall and chickens aren't molting as early in the year as they usually do.
     
  10. SammileeChickie

    SammileeChickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay so this is normal, it's normal
    For her to molt at 9 months. I was wondering why she stopped laying eggs, after two weeks of no eggs I noticed her feathers are going away around her face.
    Will her feathers grow back as beautiful as they were before.? :(
     

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