Hens not laying

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

  1. farmgirl1995

    farmgirl1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2010
    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

    Dec 16, 2011
    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.
  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    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

    Jul 18, 2007
    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.[​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

    Mar 28, 2011
    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

    Apr 12, 2011
    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

    Sep 8, 2010
    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

    Feb 22, 2012
    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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