In the Brooder
- Aug 14, 2016
Last year about September my husband brought home four hens that a work acquaintance gave to him. He was told they were 18 months old and that because of family illness he just couldn't keep them anymore. We figure they are at least two from conversations my husband had with the work acquaintance since we got the hens and conversations my husband remembers from before. They started laying within a week of arriving and laid 2 times a week for a few weeks. That was more than I expected with the stress of moving. The other hens started laying normal but my easter egger never did. Now my easter egger hen has only laid a few times since then and now it's been 2 months since her last egg. When she lays, her egg shells are very thin and tend to crack before I can get to them. They've had access to egg shells and oyster shells. I know production goes down at 2 but I didn't expect her to just stop. She looks healthy, eats well, and is now my retired free ranger as of 2 weeks ago. She gets into our wheel barrow that holds the hay for our rabbits and sits for a bit and then does her "egg song" as if she's laid but there's never an egg there. Is there a way I can help her to lay again? Or, is this normal for easter eggers?