Hens stopped laying eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CaliBlueChicken, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. CaliBlueChicken

    CaliBlueChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    I don't know what is going on. All my hens stopped laying eggs about a month ago. About 2-3 months ago only about half were laying... now no one is laying. I breifly read another thread about this and someone said they might be molting. There is a big area with alot of feathers on the ground. Everyone seems happy and normal, eating, drinking running around. The usual. I have orpingtons/wydonette mixes. I have one hen who has been broody laying on nothing. Around June or so I found lice on some of our new chickens and I treated them (successfully without chemicals! [​IMG] All nartural/organic [​IMG] https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=380228) and haven't seen any since.

    Hopefully someone has some ideas. Thanks!
     
  2. jemmasgrandma

    jemmasgrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my butcher told me if hens have roundworms egg production will drop...she also said that she's seen lots of worms this summer during butchering -Indiana
     
  3. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
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    They are probably molting, which is very healthy for them. When chickens don't molt and get a break from laying they could die at only 2-3 years old!
     
  4. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    During the molt hens usually quit laying. Your broody hen will quit laying too, until after shes done.
     
  5. CaliBlueChicken

    CaliBlueChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh shoot I forgot to subscribe to my own post... I was wondering why I didnt get any replys in my inbox. Thanks everyone, yes indeed they are molting. I have been wondering and wondering if I should worm them, I hear some never do it, some do it every so often, some do it like clock work. I suppose since they are molting it wouldnt be a good time since they are under more stress from it.
     

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