hen only lays once a week

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by l'abeille, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. l'abeille

    l'abeille Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an 8 month old hen on layer feed with 14 hrs light. She has only ever laid once a week. Will she ever pick up? Or should we think about replacing her. Our other hen is laying 6 times a week.

    Thanks for any advice!
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    What breed of hen?
     
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  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Hopefully it will pick up.
    I have an EE that lays several eggs normally, then nothing for weeks or months.

    Imp
     
  4. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    my first thought was breed also, my cochin lays every other day, now with the shorter days, they have all slowed down, not to mention the brutal temps
     
  5. l'abeille

    l'abeille Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's a Black Australorp, and so is my other hen who lays almost every day. Also, I am in CA and there are no "brutal temps" here. It's like 50 on a cold night, usually 60.
     
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  6. l'abeille

    l'abeille Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody have experience with a hen that improved?
     
  7. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    If they are both BA's, their eggs should look about the same. How do you know for sure that she is laying 1 and the other 6? Perhaps they are each laying 3-4 per week?
     
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I have a GC Marans that will only give me two eggs a week.

    They are always JUMBO size.

    Anyone want her and her purebred roo?
     
  9. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    What are brand of feed are you feeding? i have heard folks say that feeding purina layena brand increases production, also winter it a time for them to recharge their systems, slowing down. Does she have extra calcium available? i would spend some time watching her and the interaction with the others- see if they are happy or how flock dynamics work
     

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