Entire flock abruptly stopped laying for no apparent reason, any ideas why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Henraiser, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. runsw/scissors

    runsw/scissors Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had the same thing happen here! Freaked me out.

    I live in the PNW though. Here we had a storm system roll in that caused extremely overcast days. Once the same came out the eggs picked right back again a couple of days later.

    I know that's no help to you, but aside from the very dark overcast days there wasn't anything I could chalk it up to.
  2. Henraiser

    Henraiser Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 11, 2012
    No eggs again today. It is cold and sunny today. If no one has ideas of the cause, does anybody have any ideas how to get them going again. I REALLY hated going to the grocery store for eggs yesterday!
  3. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    I would be almost sure that there was some kind of flock-wide stress event, like a predator attack that, luckily, didn't kill anything. I can't imagine what else would cause them all to stop laying at the same exact time.
  4. lucky123

    lucky123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2009
    Some claim hot sauce and pepper on oats or rice will get them started again. I have to admit trying it before, and many did start laying on the third day. I can't guarantee it was the pepper and hot sauce though.
  5. Farm_Maven

    Farm_Maven Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2011
    HHHMMMMMM. zero eggs is very baffling.
  6. Rocky Road

    Rocky Road Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    I'm up in Canada and have Rocks as well. They are not really affected with the cold weather and I'm sure our winters are a lot colder then yours. The only thing I can think of is that something is spooking them. Maybe they hear a weird noise at night or during the day when you're gone. Whenever I have my twin niece and nephew over to gather eggs my 15 girls lay considerably less the next day (sometimes almost nothing) because they make so much noise and like to try and pet the chickens. The other thing maybe is if there is an egg eater and others followed. They would eat the shell and everything so there would be no evidence. I heard blowing out an egg and filling it with some mustard helps with that. Maybe try that with an egg and if it gets cracked you know you have egg eaters.

    Good Luck!
  7. yankee123

    yankee123 New Egg

    Feb 15, 2012
    We also have the same problem. 5 leghorns and 5 rirs with 1 rooster. We figured the weather here in upstate ny must be the reason for it as all birds appear healthy and happy ( and always ready for their treat) We went from 6 or 8 a day to 0 and now we get 1 or 2 if we are lucky maybe once a week. We have gotten a couple very very tiny eggs almost the size of a robins egg which we figured was a sign that one of the non layers were about to start but... no luck. I guess the union got to our birds and they also went on strike!!
  8. Henraiser

    Henraiser Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 11, 2012
    Day 11 and.still no more eggs. I'm still as baffled as before. This makes no sense whatsoever. Very frustrated.
  9. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    No one has mentioned a predator scare. If the flock was badly frightened, it could make them suddenly stop laying.

    Have you examined the coop carefully for signs outside of attempted entry by something? It could be as small as a rat. A snake entering the coop at night will terrify the troops. A larger predator, such as a fox, attempting to get inside will keep the girls on edge if it is coming back every night.

    I know it's not the right time of year for parasites, but a heavy infestation will definitely put them off laying. I would check the cracks and crevices carefully for hidden blood suckers.
  10. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2012
    Are the hens getting plenty of light? It is recommended that laying hens get at least 14 hours of light each day. Just a suggestion.

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