Hens have ALL stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Terry Allan Hall, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. Terry Allan Hall

    Terry Allan Hall In the Brooder

    I have 9 Americaunas and 1 Buff Orpinton and all of a sudden (5 days ago) they all stopped laying!

    Any thoughts?
  2. missusduray

    missusduray Songster

    May 20, 2007
    Northern Minnesota
    have you switched food lately? Are they broody? Honesly I have no other ideas. Hopefully someone does.
  3. andy

    andy Songster

    May 7, 2007
    my god..have they all gone on strike..sorry cant help you on this one..is it hot were you are ?
  4. Terry Allan Hall

    Terry Allan Hall In the Brooder

    Quote:Same food as always (laying pellets and table scraps...left-over vegetables, peelings, etc.)

    Quote:Actually, it's been raining a great deal, and just stopped recently, so, yes, it is hotter all of a sudden...of course, I'm very careful to make sure their water source never goes dry, and their coop is attached to their pen (about 10' X 30'), plus, I've set up a few "shade spots" in the pen itself, so they can always get out of the sun.
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Could there be an egg theif?
  6. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    It just got good and hot here and mine have been off a little. But have not stopped completly. They seem to be back to laying now. Maybe they will be ok in a few days? [​IMG]
  7. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    i have 3 leghorn and a roo in a coup and pen and all of a sudden no eggs and then the snake ate 2 ceramic eggs and a golf ball and now im getting egss again
  8. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    I was worried about snakes too. My girls have really slowed down. I have changed food a bit and I have a couple more who have gone broody and it has recently gotten hot so I am chalking it off to all of the above.

    As an aside, potatoe peels are not good for chickens just in case you may be feeding those. Much better in the compost pile with the litter from your coop.
  9. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    How old are they? Our 7 of our 8 production Sex Links were egg machines during their first year, then began trailing off (2.5yr.) We are getting one/two eggs a day. No change in feed: Half Layena/half Game Bird Flight Conditioner + meal worms and what they find when we're here to free range `em - I can hear them complaining to get out, over the baby monitor, right now.
    If they only recently started to lay and then dropped to zero (external stress/disease?).

    Good Luck!
  10. livestock101

    livestock101 In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2007
    Things that come to mind: Are they too hot? Molting? Any chance you've got an egg eater? Maybe a predator getting the eggs? How about illness?

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