EE's Not laying after molt!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Crazy Legs, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. Crazy Legs

    Crazy Legs New Egg

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    Both my EE's stopped layin completely after molt this fall. It was there first molt, and not a singe egg since. Both were productive (an egg every other day at the very least) before.

    Anything i can do? I've just been letting nature take its course...but its been about 3 months now.
     
  2. acire67

    acire67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I have 2 EEs (both hatchery birds). They will be a year old next month. One started laying last summer, 2 or 3 eggs a week. She stopped in the fall, and I was shocked to find a pale green egg in the coop last week! I don't think my other EE has ever laid an egg. Right now I have Ameraucana eggs in the incubator; I've heard that the true Ameraucanas lay better than EEs. Will be interesting to find out. Good luck with your girls. Some people swear by Cayenne pepper I think, sprinkled on their food to get them to lay.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I hate to be a bearer of bad news but I'll admit to you, EE's can be weird birds. My only EE girl from a hatchery, for example, lays about 20 eggs a year. Honestly. Yours may just have something bothering her, or maybe she's just taking a break. Higher protein in her diet or even a little cayenne pepper may put her back into cycle.

    From my experience of various colors and bloodlines of true Ameraucanas, yes, they are more reliable. Some strains you'll have to wait 6-9 months for them to first start laying, but in general they're good layers. Mine began, luckily, at 5-6 months.
     
  4. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Three of my EE's started molting in Sept. and stopped laying. They finally started laying again on Jan 1st ~ Happy New Year!
     
  5. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    The limited experience I have had with EEs as well as the limited experience of my family and friends is that they are incredibly unreliable layers. A friend had one that laid maybe 20 eggs in her lifetime, all her pullet year. She finally was culled at 4 years old. Hadn't laid an egg in years. [​IMG]
     
  6. LilChickCoop

    LilChickCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my EEs (Stitch) lays me a pretty blue egg almost every day for 3-4 days then skips a day. She is VERY consistent. [​IMG]
     
  7. moondog425

    moondog425 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen that lays green eggs, she does'nt look like an EE though, She laid at least six big green eggs a week all spring and summer. She molted late and has not laid an egg since. I have a Delaware that is laying two a week and an American Game that laid her first egg today!!!!!
     
  8. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess EEs can vary, since during the warm months my 2 will lay 5-7 a week. One just finished a molt, and my other has just started. The one who finished started laying right after her tail grew in.
     
  9. Dray67

    Dray67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bet she will lay when the days get longer this spring.
     
  10. Crazy Legs

    Crazy Legs New Egg

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    Thank you for all the input...we will keep waiting and see what they decide to do!
     

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