Hens quit laying ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicken Chicks, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. Chicken Chicks

    Chicken Chicks New Egg

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    Hi All,
    Just found this forum and i'm excited to talk Chicken !
    Sorry if these are repeat questions so please be patient with me. We live in Arizona , i have 24 hens and my egg production has dropped, i have some older hens and 10 around 1 yr old, i was getting at least a dozen or more before summer , but once it hit 110 here alot of them quit laying,which i understand that, but once it got cooler here they started laying again then they just almost stopped, i get 4-6 a day, they free range , but do have nesting boxes in their chicken coop they lay in, i have also noticed alot of feathers laying on the ground,was wondering what's going on with them, thought they would only do that during summer time ? I also noticed their egg shells are thin ? Is there something i could be feeding them, maybe something in their diet ? I have also talked to others here in Arizona that are having the same problem, maybe the crazy weather here ? Can't figure out if it want's to be cold or hot ? Any help i would appreciate ,
    Thank you and look forward to hearing from you all
     
  2. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like they might be molting --- they usually molt at 1 year old ... it is expected that they stop laying eggs while they are molting



    i'm not an expert on the subject --- mine are only 7 months old
     
  3. Chicken Chicks

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    thats what i was thinking, but i thought that was only in the summer time ?
     
  4. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the time of year for molting. They lose their old feathers and grow in beautiful new ones. It's a pretty stressful procedure, so they usually stop laying during the molt. It's perfectly normal.

    As far as the thin eggshells, I give my girls oyster shell for extra calcium to keep their eggs nice and hard. I just pour it out on the ground for them. Some folks have a much nicer system than that! [​IMG]
     
  5. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We posted at the same time! LOL

    I did have some birds that molted in late summer. And I have some that are molting now. Just depends on the individual hen, I guess.
     
  6. Chicken Chicks

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    I'm Glad to hear that is normal for this time of year, i thought i was doing something wrong, i will try feeding them the shells, i did see them at the feed store,
    Thanks for your help !
     
  7. logan

    logan Out Of The Brooder

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    yeah molt or just try to put a light in the hen house.
     
  8. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:extra protein is good for them too
     
  9. sephiroth

    sephiroth Out Of The Brooder

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    I feed back crushed egg shells to my chickens for added calcium...
     
  10. TreeHugger

    TreeHugger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 Wyandottes that started molting a few weeks ago. They haven't been laying for the last few weeks, but they are starting to feather out & are looking better every day.
     

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