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Help, hen not laying eggs...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by elbey08, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. elbey08

    elbey08 New Egg

    Aug 21, 2015
    Hi my family and I are new to chickens and all that goes with it! We have 5 hens and 1 rooster. 4 of our hens lay consistently 3/4 brown eggs a day. Our 5th hen isn't laying at all anymore. It's been since mid August since we've gotten an egg from her. Even when she was laying they were small (blue/grey) and she only laid a couple a week. Any ideas on what's wrong or what we need to do?
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Different breeds lay different rates of eggs. As you have said her eggs are a different colour to your others it may be a breed thing as to why she is not laying regular.
    A few other things to consider are ~
    Her age?
    Her breed?
    Is she moulting?
    You could also pop over to the egg laying section with your question. Here is the link ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/18/chicken-behaviors-and-egglaying
    I'm sure members there would be able to offer you more advice too.

    Good luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  3. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013

    Your post made me think of my Easter Egger. As soon as she starts to molt, we know we aren't going to see any of her blueish-green eggs for about 3 months. The other girls (other breeds) go through their molts quicker and get right back to business.

    Yorkshire has pointed out some good points to think about. Another thing, the days are shorter now and hours of daylight will have some impact on egg laying.

    I take it your girl is healthy (eating, drinking and poops ok)? Is there anything that could be stressing her out...is she being picked on, do you have enough room in the coop for the number of birds?

    As long as she is healthy and happy, you might just have to wait for her to get around to it again.
  4. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    Good thoughts here!

    Is she molting?

    How old is she? They slow down around 2 and a half yrs. Most breeds, some breeds go longer if they are heritage...not hatchery.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. Sounds like she wasn't laying well from the start - some hens are good layers and some are not.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    I agree with Drumstick diva.
  8. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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