Hen stopped laying

Discussion in 'Quail' started by crsect, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. crsect

    crsect Out Of The Brooder

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    Well one of my hens has stopped laying, has not laid an egg for over a week now. I am at a little bit of a loss to explain why. Lighting conditions are good plenty of feed and water I keep the pen clean. They eat healthily and appear to be in good spirits. I have a box in the pen with the full of wood shavings which they like to play in. I do intend to give them a proper dust bath soon. So any ideas or things I should check. They are eating 30% protein as well
     
  2. oktx

    oktx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Calcium? You can use the oyster shell for chickens or crushed up eggshells in the bath. They will peck at it and get the amount they need.
     
  3. bingrancher

    bingrancher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are there alot of feathers in or around the cage? If so she might be doing her spring moult
     
  4. crsect

    crsect Out Of The Brooder

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    There are a few yes but I thought this might be normal, its not excessive just a few here and there but they do seem to be preening allot.
     
  5. bingrancher

    bingrancher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look them over for mites and things. Might be the problem too.
     
  6. tlstal

    tlstal Out Of The Brooder

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    all of mine coturnixs just went through moult they all quit laying for almost 4 weeks didn't think they would ever start laying again but all this week ive got an egg from each i guess patience really is a virtue
     
  7. crsect

    crsect Out Of The Brooder

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    They appear fine healthy and in good spirits so I will give it time, our weather had been inconsistent got then cold maybe this had had an affect.
     
  8. cmtigger

    cmtigger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how old is she? Age can be a factor.
     
  9. crsect

    crsect Out Of The Brooder

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    Age unknown bought 3 as breeding pair, at the time the man believed them to be around 4 to 5 months. The molting theory sees most logical at this point, however I am still open to suggestion.
     
  10. crsect

    crsect Out Of The Brooder

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    For the sake of anyone trying to an answer this question themselves, it was molting plane and simple hope this helps.
     
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