Hen not laying....

Bdbutton

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