Entire flock of 6 stopped laying eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DryCreek Chixs, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. DryCreek Chixs

    DryCreek Chixs New Egg

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    We are going through our first seasons and first year with our flock of 3 RIR's and 3 Barred Rocks. They have been fabulous, and very productive, but about 3 days ago they stopped laying eggs completely. We live in a fairly mild climate in Northern California and I'm not sure exactly what is causing this.... is it temprature? light? And can I do anything to get them to start laying again? My wife thinks they are just mad at me for not letting them roam outside of their run while our winter garden starters are getting started (the girl would destroy it in about 30 seconds)
     
  2. Buugette

    Buugette [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Cra

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    Mine stopped laying 2 weeks ago... and are molting severely... hope they get back to it soon... my hubby is eyeing them up for dinner.
     
  3. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would guess it's "stress" from being cooped up when they're accustomed to free ranging, and possibly mixed with shortening day light hours, cooler temperatures, and maybe molting.
     
  4. simpsoncj

    simpsoncj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree it is probably a combination of all of these. But the change in environment/routine may be what stopped them laying altogether. When they do start again, they may be laying less eggs per day than before.
    CJ
     
  5. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I understand you correctly these birds are a year old? If they've been laying for a year they are due to moult. My experience with the breeds you have has been they are fairly regular about doing this annually at the point where they first started to lay. If that's the case, give them some time and they'll start laying again, not as often but bigger eggs.
     
  6. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm in N. CA also. If my hens were of laying age, I'd certainly follow the idea of supplementing light to ensure a minimum 14 hour day. We're getting less than 11 right now.
    I'd also protect my garden with some netting or something, so the girls can still go out and be happy. Those might help, however, Woodmort seems to be the resident expert around here, so I would heed his suggestion
     
  7. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

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    Quote:I agree it is probably a combination of all of these. But the change in environment/routine may be what stopped them laying altogether. When they do start again, they may be laying less eggs per day than before.
    CJ

    I also agree. this is your cause, but you need to let them have a break for there bodies to recoup from all the laying as well so it's not necessarily a bad thing.
     
  8. kidarcy

    kidarcy Out Of The Brooder

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    stupid Q-new to raising chickens, what is molting???
     
  9. pharmchickrnmom

    pharmchickrnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Moulting is when the birds shed all their old feathers and grow in new ones.
     
  10. Backyard_Chicken_rancher

    Backyard_Chicken_rancher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Don't forget to add You will know when it happens because it will look like a chicken exploded in your coop/yard/run and they will look like they did when they were small like lil dino's....
     

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