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Hens have stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TexasChicken12, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. TexasChicken12

    TexasChicken12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 2yr old hens have abruptly stopped laying after quite a few of them had already started laying for the year. We went from getting six eggs a day out of seven hens to absolutely nothing for two weeks. We do free range them, but we've left them locked up in the coop for four days during a cold spell and still no eggs.... Do you think that it could be due to stress? I've never seen anything bother them during the day, and they sleep inside a very predator proof coop at night, so I am at a loss. Thank you for your time!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sudden weather changes will cause hens to stop laying for a bit, it normal this time of year. Most resume after it warms back up to what is normal for your area. It can take a week or two to get going again. So most halts last 3-4 weeks.
     
  3. baredrock101

    baredrock101 Just Hatched

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    If your coop is dark that would make them stop laying. I have lights set on a time to give my chickens 14-16 hours of light a day.
    locking them in side might have something to do with it to when it is cold and I lock my chickens up there laying decreases.
     
  4. TexasChicken12

    TexasChicken12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That might be it. We have had some strange weather here lately. Maybe we'll get some more eggs soon. Thank you.
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2017
  5. TexasChicken12

    TexasChicken12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We haven't had them locked inside the coop without access to the run. They have stayed inside a lot voluntarily though, because of the wind. That might have had something to do with it. Thank you.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I had a few come back into lay after molt/winter break.... then slow way back down again.
     
  7. TexasChicken12

    TexasChicken12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all very much! They have started back up again! I think it was a cold snap we had a few weeks ago. Thank you!
     
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  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Unfortunately it happens after most cold snaps. Hopefully you won't have no more.
     

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