Hens not laying

Snozzle

Songster
8 Years
Dec 16, 2011
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Tri-Cities Tennessee
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.
 

theoldchick

The Chicken Whisperer
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
May 11, 2010
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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!
 

Sissy

Songster
12 Years
Jul 18, 2007
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Sevier county, Tn.
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.
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Nicole01

Crowing
8 Years
Mar 28, 2011
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114
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MN
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!
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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.
 

ECBW

Songster
8 Years
Apr 12, 2011
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41
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NJ
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.
 

farmgirl1995

Songster
9 Years
Sep 8, 2010
386
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Georgia:)
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
 

halfdznroses

Hatching
7 Years
Feb 22, 2012
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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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