Hens quit laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tootie123, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. Tootie123

    Tootie123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Have eight hens and they have quit laying eggs. Used to get
    anywhere from 6-7 eggs a day, now down to 2-3.....
    Hens are all less than 2 years old. Had one hen taken
    by a hawk the other week. Are they suffering emotional
    trauma from that? When they are let out to free range
    now, they stay under cover. Don't let them out very
    often, can't afford to loose many more. Started with
    10 hens, down to 8 now.
    Just don't understand why they are not laying?
    Any ideas?
     
  2. Chicks and Hens

    Chicks and Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No it isn't the emotional trauma it is probaly because their vents are clogged maaybe
     
  3. mixmaster

    mixmaster Out Of The Brooder

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    Stress has a lot 2 do with it. Also conditions, feed, and the molt. When chickens molt they use a lot of protien to produce new feathers and don't have enuf to spare on makin eggs. When they are aloud to run they get lots of worms and bugs... try some layer pellets and keep the coop clean and dry... I've never heard of clogged vents
     
  4. Chicks and Hens

    Chicks and Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like clogged with poo
     
  5. Tootie123

    Tootie123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well don't see any clogged poo on their behinds but I will pick them
    up and look more closely. Out of 8 hens, three might be laying.
    Five with clogged vents, doesn't seem likely.
    They could be molting....see one hen that her feathers are
    disheveled and unruly looking......others look okay.
    Molting is when they loose feathers and get new ones, right?
    I do feed them scratch feed and laying pellets combined.....
    course am keeping them penned up more since the hawk
    incident, they don't like that. Know hens are emotional birds,
    thought they had been scared to death since "Henrietta"
    the bird the hawk got, is gone!!!! Hated to lose her she was
    a sweetheart and a good layer.
     
  6. luvliebee

    luvliebee Out Of The Brooder

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    My Coop
    One of our Australorps had yellow runny poop about a week ago and has not layed an egg since then. I have bathed her bottom so there is no poop stuck on her. Does anyone know what is going on with this girl?
     

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