Egg Laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gypsy77, Jun 20, 2018.

  1. Gypsy77

    Gypsy77 Chirping

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    Our seven hens decided to go on strike suddenly. They've been laying perfectly for months. Then suddenly stopped one day. What could cause this? They have constant clean water and nutrutious feeding. Nothing has changed but the weather. Though that hasn't prevented them before.
     
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  2. Orpingtons43

    Orpingtons43 Songster

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    Sometimes hens just take a break from laying. How old are they? What breed are they?
     
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  3. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Including your general location, under your avatar will help peeps to respond to your question. “Heaven” doesn’t really help others to help you.

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
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  4. staceyj

    staceyj Enabler

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    Is there any evidence of something trying to get into your coop at night?

    Have you checked for rat poop / nests or snakes in the coop?if your birds free range, I’d walk your property and look for a hidden nest.
    It’s unlikely that everyone would stop at the same time.
     
  5. Gypsy77

    Gypsy77 Chirping

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    They are cooped up, but it's pretty large area. I allow them to run free once awhile too.

    Porky Pie thank you. I can edit that.

    They are all 3 years old. The bunch is actually a variety of Rhode island reds and Silver Laced Wyondette.

    Now that you mention it I'll go look around the coop. It's been awhile since I have found anything.
     
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  6. Gypsy77

    Gypsy77 Chirping

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    So, there was burrowing areas around the insulated coop. However, there wasn't any signs of injuries on the chickens. No poo droppings.

    Do you have any suggestions?
     
  7. snow5164

    snow5164 Crowing

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    They must be hearing a predator,
     
  8. Rustysflock

    Rustysflock Chirping

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    Hi, been reading every thread i can on egg laying as i have 7 hens, 6 month old Sussex, that have just stopped laying. No sign of parasites or predators.
    Have yours dtarted laying again?
     
  9. Gypsy77

    Gypsy77 Chirping

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    Yes. We'll, a few. I found the problem. Going to cover the hole with chicken wire for good.
    Thank you all for your help!
     
  10. Rustysflock

    Rustysflock Chirping

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    Thats good news. I went down to mine and saw a squirrel in there and dart out a hole! Sorted the hole out and had 2 eggs yesterday
     

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