Hens stopped laying eggs!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by zeldadog, May 3, 2008.

  1. zeldadog

    zeldadog Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone got hens that have quit laying eggs? Is it a certain time of season that they stop for a while,or are they molting, I was getting 3 eggs a day back about two months ago. Anyone with any suggestions.
     
  2. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can find out more about this problem on my site HERE . Good luck!
     
  3. equine chick

    equine chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens did that when it got real cold and I think went through a molt. How old are your hens, they can typically go through a molt around 9-10 months, some don't til they are 18 months. I had 30 chickens and did not get an egg for about 6 weeks. Some times it just last for about 2 weeks. I heard you can give them redpepper flakes ground to stimulate but really I'm not sure how much. I never tried that. I actually had to buy storebought eggs for a couple weeks.Yuck!!
     
  4. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Where are you located? If it's winter (i.e. shorter days) where you are, or if they are molting, that would explain it.
    JJ
     
  5. zeldadog

    zeldadog Out Of The Brooder

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    Its spring here I'm in lincoln county N.C . Its funny some days you might get one egg then nothing for a week the hens are not losing any feathers like when there molting and I feed them laying mash everyday.
     
  6. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    I'm in Southern Illinois. I have seven full size hens and was averaging five eggs a day a few weeks ago. Now I'm getting two eggs a day. One of the hens is sitting right though so I guess it means I'm getting two eggs out of six hens. I'm taking care of ten banties that are giving us about six eggs a day. One of them decided to start sitting too. So, yes, my hens have slowed down production. I thought maybe they were laying in the woods but even after keeping them in the pen they still weren't producing more. I'm not seeing a lot of feathers so I don't know if they are starting a spring molt (is there a spring molt?) or not.
     

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