hens on strike

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dcs02d, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. dcs02d

    dcs02d Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 15, 2010
    I had a flock of 4 hens. One orpington, one barred rock and two ameraucanas. All were laying just fine. I recently added a jersey giant pullet and sussex pullet. There was some tail feather pulling, then the orpington went broody, things settled down - But now they have stopped laying. It's been about three weeks. They all get along well enough now.

    I have a small hen house (probably a bit too small for 6 hens) but I'm in Florida so they are out in a very large pin year round and in the hen house to lay and sleep.

    Warm up the stew pot, wait or does someone have a suggestion?
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2011
  2. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    suburbia Chicagoland
    They've got oyster shells, right?
    Perhaps adding a bit extra protein might kick start something as well? I've never had to try this 'remedy' but it seems pretty universal.

    BANTAMWYANDOTTE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2011
    Sounds like you may have stressed them out. They may also be forming a new Pecking Order. It may take some time to get them back laying but I wrote a thread on how to encourage laying in hens that have stopped. You may find it helpful.

    The link:


    Timothy in Ky

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