Hens not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ElkRiverFarms, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. ElkRiverFarms

    ElkRiverFarms New Egg

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    I have 3 year old hens (Rhode Island Reds) (and 1 rooster) that do not lay eggs anymore and I do not know why. I have read several things about giving them more protein. The egg layer that I feed them is 19% protein, they have water, oyster shell and scratch daily. I also feed them veges and berries for treats. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you
     
  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    common thing is weather changes , or are they molting? Your feeding them fine. they can go weeks with out laying eggs.
     
  3. ElkRiverFarms

    ElkRiverFarms New Egg

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    Thank you for giving me an answer to my question, I appreciate it. I did think about the weather change too and they are not molting right now. I will give them a little bit of light in their coop maybe. I guess maybe they are on strike. I still love all of them dearly.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    1. With decreasing light, they may very well be preparing for a moult, since fall is coming on, that's almost a given. They won't lay during a moult.
    2. Be sure they are not laying off site, and out of sight.
    3. A worm overload can limit laying
    4. But finally, three year old birds are on the decline for laying. Unless your RIR are heritage quality, the hatchery stock is often just about done at the 3 year mark, to put it honestly.

    Best regards and welcome to BYC.
     

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