Hens not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by farmgirl1995, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. farmgirl1995

    farmgirl1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 hens and none of them have laid an egg for at least two months. Is it because its colder now?
     
  2. Snozzle

    Snozzle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 11 mo old barred rock hen hasn't laid any eggs ever since I have had her for almost 2 months now. I don't think it's stress, so I would think it's this crazy weather we have been having. I already had crocuses bloom and lettuce popping up in my garden which all just got killed by the frost. I can only imagine what it is doing to the birds systems.
     
  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    The cold weather and shorter days will cause hens to stop production. If their nutritional needs are met, they'll start laying this spring!
     
  4. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine too had stopped laying for about 2 months
    but then they started
    up again.. with this cold
    and shorter days
    I have a 40 watt bulb hanging in their coop.[​IMG]
     
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    I would add that this is a perfect time to worm everyone. You may find that has contributed to the problem. Our entire group (eastern tennessee thread) did a worming and every one of us saw an increased production within 3 days
     
  6. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    My stopped laying when they were not eating as frequently. I stopped giving them wet mash as treats and they stopped laying. Those spoiled babies![​IMG] I didn't get hardly any eggs for 1 1/2 months.

    I started the wet mash again 1-2 times a day(4 cups for 8 chickens) and they are almost back to normal. They lay almost everyday.

    It could be the light change, stress, lack of protien, or maybe they are just taking a break. My girls will sometimes take a long break(usually broody), but I would be concerned if they all were not laying.
     
  7. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There could be a number of reasons: temperature, daylight, stress, age, molting, health, genetic.

    I conducted an experiment with my mixed flock. I use no artificial light and no heat. Clean coop with plenty of water and balanced food. Some breeds continue un-interrupted. Some are resting.

    I used to use lights in the winter and had eggs. This experiment proved that production is possible without lights.
     
  8. farmgirl1995

    farmgirl1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the first time this has ever happened to me. They're all healthy and have a nice coop and fresh water. But this weather has been really weird. I guess that could be it
     
  9. halfdznroses

    halfdznroses New Egg

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    I was looking for some info on worms. My hubby got me 3 chickens for Christmas, I know, he such a romantic ;)
    I noticed they had worms after the first day. We used wazine on them and again couple weeks later. The droppings seem to be clear of worms now. But...
    I am wondering about eating the eggs.... Is it safe to eat eggs from a chicken with worms. I'm just so grossed out I don't know if I can. Plus can we eat the eggs from them after they have had the wazine?
    They have yet to start laying, I feel like we are doing something wrong. I Can't wait to see just one lil egg. Even if I can't eat it.
     

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