Hens quit laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kdrieth, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. kdrieth

    kdrieth Hatching

    May 11, 2014
    I have three hens each are right at five months. I got my first egg Tuesday after Labor Day. I got an egg every day up until Tuesday last week. I think only one of them is laying, not sure. What could have caused them to stop laying? I did get a soft shelled egg that I found inside the coop. Any help and suggestions would be great. Thank you in advance.
  2. chikkenfriend

    chikkenfriend Songster

    Dec 2, 2013
    My Coop
    Soft shelled eggs are not totally uncommon but could indicate a calcium deficiency. Are you giving them oyster shell?

    Too, my girls are starting to molt. Could it be the season for your girls?

    What kind of birds? At what age should they molt?

    Major change can stress them as predators can. Have you made any changes? New birds or something else? Ours quit laying for a few days until I ran off a raccoon. Shot over it because it was too close to our coops.

    Good luck to ya!
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    It's really hard to say off hand, could be numerous reasons....it can take up to a month or so for things to get 'regular' with new layers....and sometimes even older layers hit a dry spell. Stress is always a factor and stress can be caused by numerous things, some obvious to us and some obvious only to the chicken.

    What are you feeding?
    Do they free range?
    Are these 3 your only chickens?

    This might give you some clues too.
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  4. chikkenfriend

    chikkenfriend Songster

    Dec 2, 2013
    My Coop

    Definitely check out that link. Really good!!
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    They are not going to lay every day. They take days off, and when older, months off to molt. Food, water, stress, molting, health, predators, etc can all affect laying. But if it's just one day, she probably just took the day off.
  6. buddysdad

    buddysdad Hatching

    Jun 22, 2012
    Last spring my friend gave me 4 Turken peeps, so I built a pen for them next to my 4 laying hens 2 rir 2 white leghorns . A couple of weeks ago the Turken roo, started crowing and mating with the 3 Turkins hens , which soon after started laying eggs,. At about the same time my 2 rir stopped laying , the leghorns still are laying , I have noticed when the Turken roo crows the rir answer him. I don't know if these 2 rir are love sick or what. But they haven't laid an egg in a month?
  7. JayRodNU

    JayRodNU In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2015
    I'm having the same issue with my Ameraucana. She laid nearly every day for 2 months, then just quit about 2 weeks ago. She's not molting and is acting healthy otherwise. My other 3 girls (different breeds) are still laying so I'm thinking it's not a daylight issue (not to mention, I live in San Diego - it's not exactly grey and rainy out). Is this just a normal break? Is there anything I should be doing?

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