Got 3 eggs, but that's it!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Diesel84, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. Diesel84

    Diesel84 Out Of The Brooder

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    So one of my three 23 week olds started laying about 1 little egg every other day last week... But, now she's stopped completely! I had an old trash bin w/pine shavings as a nest box but it cracked, so I've replaced it with a 5 gallon bucket - could the change make her not want to lay? [​IMG] She only layed once in the trash bin, once on the coop floor, and once in the grass of the backyard... But its been a good couple of days and she hasn't laid anywhere! Is she holding it in? What gives?
    I have a tarp covering the run of the coop since we've had so many Florida rain showers lately, but I wonder if maybe it's almost too much shade, do they need more light?
    [​IMG] Agh, I just dunno - I got so excited to FINALLY get eggs by at least one of them, and now.. nothing. [​IMG] What gives?
     
  2. bjash

    bjash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We're going through the same thing with our 11 hens. One of them laid a small egg on Labor Day in one of the laying boxes, and we haven't seen anything since then. They're 19 weeks and are a mix of RIR and Production Reds. Nothing in the box arena changed (6 laying boxes made from OSB and pine shavings--all with 1 wooden egg in each to help encourage them).

    I guess we're both playing the waiting game. [​IMG]
     
  3. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    stuart florida
    Read my hidden nest thread
     
  4. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    Mine did the same thing - laid on labor day, two eggs after that, then nothing for about three days. Then I got an egg yesterday! 18 weeks old, now, so I assume it's just immature plumbing. [​IMG] And they have not been out of the coop, so there's no hidden nests anywhere. [​IMG]
     
  5. Wheels

    Wheels Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got 30 rock hens 26 which I got at the same time. Only one is laying. I have got four eggs since wed.
     
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  6. chickie63

    chickie63 Out Of The Brooder

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    HI! I am a "new hen in your "coop". Just posting my first question. I am from Wisconsin which is now unseasonably cold for this time of year. I have been raising chickens going on 3 yrs now and it has been a very productive uncomplicated hobby until this fall. I now have 17 laying hens when all of a sudden lay only 4-6 eggs a day! I was used to getting 13-14 a day. My hens are 2 and 3yrs old. that isn't too old already is it? Yes they are moutling - and yes I have wormed them (vet said they had roundworm) . I used a natural worm sol of garlic and water as per the internet and droppings are back to looking normal . I have pwded them all down with "seven" dust to assure no mites which would case the low egg production. Is anyone else in this situation. How long would a moult interfere with the egg production. I have never had this happen before. I also am waiting for my new 8 pullets to start laying and they are taking their time getting started. also one of the pullets appear to have a little blood sometimes in her dropping. What does that mean? any advise out there about the low egg production? What is a normal time to expect low egg production due to moulting? thanks chickie
     
  7. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    stuart florida
    Quote:Moulting will stop a hen laying completely their combs go pale I believe at 3 years most do lay less often, its the time of year for reduced production. I would post about the blood in the emergency section and see if you can get an answer there. Gl and welcome to byc
     

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