Hen stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by angusshangus, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. angusshangus

    angusshangus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My bantam EE layed her first egg 3 weeks ago and then proceeded to lay an egg just about every day for 2 weeks. Suddenly, about a week ago she stopped laying. When she was laying it was unseasonably warm and now it is well below freezing. Could that be why she stopped? Any ideas?
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2012
  2. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, too cold. Shorter amount of sunlight during the day.
     
  3. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So what temps and daylight will they start again? My Sussex stopped, molted and has not re-started since about October...
     
  4. bluefeather2697

    bluefeather2697 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe of the bad weather and lack of daylight.
     
  5. Cowgirl75446

    Cowgirl75446 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can put a light in their pen to help. I have timers in my new chicken barn, I have the timers set for 3:30 am to 7:30 am every day. All my chickens are about the same age, the pullets with light are laying great. I have 2 pens out front without light and I am not getting any eggs from those 2 pens, so the light does make a difference. Usually when the days get longer, the chickens will start laying again. They need about 14 hours of daylight to keep laying. [​IMG]
     
  6. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say 12 hours or more of daylight, or at least a little daylight. My hens are still laying now and we are getting about 8 hours of daylight and its about 30 degrees here. It all depends on your chickens and how healthy and comfortable they are.
     

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