hens stopped laying for months

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by philipchickymad, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. philipchickymad

    philipchickymad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi i have 14 hens allo of mixed breeds and since september they have gone down to laying 2-3 eggs per day , i know there is less light these days but can anyone tell me why they might have stopped for so long
     
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    mtngirl35 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they? Is it possible they've been molting?
     
  3. philipchickymad

    philipchickymad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll admit they are loosing feathers but why has it been going on for so long they r all a year or under old and is am giving them apple cider and poultry spice ??!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    WTH is poultry spice?
    ACV can inhibit calcium absorption.
    What are you feeding them...protein levels especially?

    How many months??
    Birds under a year old shouldn't be going thru a full molt...are you sure of their ages?

    Do you free range?
    Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 2-3 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it.
     
  5. philipchickymad

    philipchickymad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poultry spice is pellets that are full of spices which are used to get chickens over the moult, I came home this weekend and I find out that they're feathers have all grown back and they are looking healthy , I will keep them in for a few days
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Is it this stuff?
    http://www.oldmcdonald.ie/products/poultry-spice-3-kg.php

    Would love to see the ingredient and nutritional labels.
     
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