Hens stopped laying over a month ago.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by liam1983, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. liam1983

    liam1983 New Egg

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    So I am not sure what the issue is here. I purchased 5 Rhode Island hens who are now 9 months old.

    For the first 2 weeks in their new coop at least 4 were laying an egg each day. Now only one is and it has been that way for at least 5-6 weeks. They have access to lots of water, laying food and oyster bits. Their pen is 6x10 and for a few weeks I didn't allow them to free range. They have been for the past week or more and still no change in this. Only one has been consistently laying an egg every day. They have a window in their coop and natural light for at least 13 or more hours a day right now..

    I live in Nova Scotia and it is summer time, but it has not been exceptionally humid for weeks and its about 20-25 degrees celcius. There are no visible health problems and they are very active no unusual noises from them. There are no known predators, just some crows hanging sometimes.

    Any further suggestions as to what the problem could be I am out of ideas.
     
  2. The temperature is probably 50% of the issue. My hens are not laying because it is quite hot. It's a dry heat with little humidity, but it seems to be bothering them.
    Another problem is that this is molt season. If any of the hens are losing or growing feathers, they have probably stopped laying.
     
  3. MaineChix

    MaineChix Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not sure what's going on but I experienced something similar with my one layer here in Maine (so similar climate to you). She just stopped laying for about 3 weeks, for no apparent reason. Finally, this morning, she got back at it and gave us a small (but very much appreciated and anticipated!) egg. My other girls are 18 weeks and not laying yet so they aren't much help in figuring out if it's the weather. Hopefully, yours will start up again soon too!
     
  4. sahmhomesteader

    sahmhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there any possibility that the girls have lice or mites?
     

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