Help! Chicken quit laying after only two months!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mags2009, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. mags2009

    mags2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello- I have an Olive Egger chicken who started laying about two months ago. She has not payed an egg for over a week now. I have no idea why! She seems fine- pecks around with the other chickens, does not show signs of being eggbound, but does not squat much anymore either when I come around. Nothing's changed, feed, water everything is the same. Any thoughts?
     
  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hi. [​IMG]

    Day light is getting shorter... maybe she is just stopping for the season or slowing down.

    Do you supplement lighting?
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Time of year.

    Lengthening days portend reproduction. Shortening days dictate the suspension of production.

    Most of the time, when birds start laying in mid/late summer, they'll lay through the first winter but not always.
     
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  4. goalaimethic

    goalaimethic Just Hatched

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    A lot of chickens are either molting or are getting ready for winter. The shorter hours of daylight usually cause chickens to lay fewer eggs, just a natural cycle. There is also the possibility that nutrition requirements are insufficient though this is often not the main or sole cause. Other possible causes are stress caused by changes in the environment, or she may be laying her normal amount but in a different location that is possibly hidden.
     
  5. mags2009

    mags2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I keep light on in the coop until
    About 10 pm
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Laying in chickens can be affected by length of daylight, or use of artificial lights. It does need to be done correctly and consistently for it work. If done improperly it can have the opposite affect and cause laying to stop. Why is the light on for so long, they do need to get enough sleep too.
     
  7. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    I would suggest you adjust your light hours to the the morning and let sunset take place naturally so the chickens don't get caught in the dark not on their roost yet. It is a lot less startling to have it come on in the AM, I think. [​IMG]

    Many things can effect laying including possible predator sightings or visits at night.

    ETA: I don't know about OE, but my EE have been inconsistent layers. Going for weeks on end with one day off followed by weeks on end and maybe a month off. Never could tell. [​IMG] Good chicken otherwise though. My OE that is Am X FBCM from a breeder is very different than my hatchery EE though. I can't wait to see how she matures! [​IMG] She is a beautiful blue.
     
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  8. mags2009

    mags2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only turn the light on as it's getting dark- which is now around 5. So it's on for about 4-5 hours
     
  9. mags2009

    mags2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have had a couple cats in the yard so maybe that is the problem. I live in the city and there is a feral cat problem here.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Light should be on a timer for consistency.
    IMO best to come on early.
    It can take weeks for it have an effect.

    Here's a pretty good article on supplemental lighting.
     

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