Hen not laying....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bdbutton, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. Bdbutton

    Bdbutton Chirping

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    I have 2 hens, one started laying about a month ago and has laid pretty consistently every day and sometimes every other day. She has not laid an egg now for 4 days. Any ideas?
     
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  2. AGirlAndHerChickens03

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    Weather transitions can be a culprit. Sometimes stress or changes in the floor can cause it too. It happens when they are sick, but if she seems healthy, I would not immediately assume that. Sometimes I even have a hen that goes off laying for no good reason at all.
     
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  3. Bdbutton

    Bdbutton Chirping

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    She seems perfectly healthy! My first thought was the weather, I guess time will tell.
     
  4. AGirlAndHerChickens03

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    Once the cold weather kicked in, my egg production went from 9 a day to 1.
     
  5. Bdbutton

    Bdbutton Chirping

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    Oh no! Is it because of the cold or the shortened daylight?
     
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  6. AGirlAndHerChickens03

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    Possibly a mixture of both, but I'd say the cold is the main contributors.
     
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  7. Bdbutton

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    Thank you so much for your reply!
     
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  8. AGirlAndHerChickens03

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    Of course! I'm always happy to help!
     
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  9. aart

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    A sudden and drastic drop in temp may affect laying until they acclimate,
    but shortening daylight hours is the main factor.
    They need 12-16 hours of light to stimulate the pineal gland to trigger egg production.
    Some pullets(females under a year old) may lay thru their first winter but at a reduced rate. Hens around 18 months old(give or take a month or two) will stop laying and molt in their second fall/winter.
     
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  10. EggWalrus

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    Like @aart said, it's more than likely the lack of light. Mine just about quit till I started giving them supplemental light in the mornings. Now they are laying strong again.
     
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