Hens quit laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jake0843, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. Jake0843

    Jake0843 Just Hatched

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    All my hens quit laying... My old English game, Rhode Island Reds and even my white wyandottes chickens it's my first year fooling with them so I'm still learning but could the summer season ending have a part in the egg laying problem I'm having?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    How old are they? What are you feeding them? How are they housed, a bit more information would help. If they are older than a year they will quit to molt. Not feeding enough protein can cause poor production. Sometimes hens start laying elsewhere, check for hidden nests. Just a few thoughts.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto Dat^^^^

    I see from your other posts you just added 2 new birds from a swap.......
    ......are these new bird living with your 'not laying' birds?
     
  4. Jake0843

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    Well all of my breeds are separate they white ones have thire own cage and the old English game have thire and all my rhode island reds have there own and I feed them all layer feed 16% and thire age is about to years for the oldest ones I have
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    A good to keep them separate.
    2 years old?..... may be getting ready to molt.
     
  6. Jake0843

    Jake0843 Just Hatched

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    What is molt mean?
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    All chickens molt.... old feather falls out and new feathers grow in....several times before 6 months of age and then annually starting about 18 months.
    Laying will slow down then stop during molt, you can get some funky eggs as production slows down.
     
  8. Jake0843

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    Thanks now that I here that thire is a lot of feathers in the coop I thought it was from the hens fighting
     

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