Hen stopped laying

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by certifiedchef, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. certifiedchef

    certifiedchef Chillin' With My Peeps

    66
    8
    94
    Jun 27, 2010
    Carmichael
    My Easter Egger stopped laying about 3 weeks ago. We lost her 'BFF' hen a few weeks back, so we wonder if she is depressed about her bunk mate? We have 3 hens now, the RIR is laying regularly, the BarbRock very couple days - maybe? THey are all eating and drinking, combs seem a bit dry, birds seem a little thin with featherless bottoms. Iwill post a pictue this afternoon. ANy ideas?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    28,907
    114
    408
    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    How old are they? Could they be molting?
     
  3. certifiedchef

    certifiedchef Chillin' With My Peeps

    66
    8
    94
    Jun 27, 2010
    Carmichael
    the hens are about 16 months old. If they are molting it started late winter/early spring.. I'm going out to get a few pictures
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    28,907
    114
    408
    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I'll be sure to check back to see your pics. [​IMG]
     
  5. certifiedchef

    certifiedchef Chillin' With My Peeps

    66
    8
    94
    Jun 27, 2010
    Carmichael
    here are pics of the RIR. I do not see any mites. I do see feathers FINALLY growing in.

    [​IMG]

    Her comb has black spots on it??

    [​IMG]

    Her naked bottom?!

    [​IMG]
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    28,907
    114
    408
    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    The black spots on the comb are normal, however I wouldn't be able to hazard a guess as to what's going on with her bottom.

    Here's hoping that someone comes along quickly to answer your ? [​IMG]

    Good luck [​IMG]
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Bare bottoms are common in their first big molt. Sometimes, the fluff takes forever to come back, too. I'd still dust them for mites/lice, just in case.
     
  8. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,027
    10
    151
    Feb 18, 2011
    Could it be heat? My Delaware stopped for a bit too.
     
  9. certifiedchef

    certifiedchef Chillin' With My Peeps

    66
    8
    94
    Jun 27, 2010
    Carmichael
    Heat?! we are in the artic zone of sacramento california [​IMG]
    First motling can take awhile is the best news I have heard all day!
    What is the best way to dust for mites? wouldn't I see them - or signs of??
     
  10. certifiedchef

    certifiedchef Chillin' With My Peeps

    66
    8
    94
    Jun 27, 2010
    Carmichael
    should we put olive oil or moisture of some sort on the combs?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by