Hens stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ukdavem8, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. ukdavem8

    ukdavem8 New Egg

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    This might sound a bit dumb but my hens are only about a year and half old and have stopped laying is this due to the cold weather and will they start laying again once it gets warmer
     
  2. 12chickens

    12chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Depends on the breed some stop with cold weather and some keep laying in cold weather, how many roosters do you have. Stressed chickens will not lay eggs. If something is bothering them or they are scared they will stop laying. Are kids bugging them, cats, dogs, other types of animals. One year we had a strange dog show up and he chases the chickens and killed a couple and all my hens stopped laying cold turkey. It was January and they started again when it started to warm up. But they have not done it since. they lay all though winter and I live in MN, when they stop they are either molting or they are stressed over something. To many hens in a small area will cause stress too and they will stop laying. I use to think the more chickens you have the more eggs you have not true. I have 7 year old chickens that are still laying eggs
     
  3. BunkyB

    BunkyB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Stress is another factor in the sudden stop in eggs.A dog issue especially a dog that chases the birds, the stress goes sky high . If there is something on a regular basis causing them stress you will have egg laying issues. Other things that will cause a stoppage in eggs is overcrowding if the chickens area is limited.
    Of course molting and a vent plucking chicken...or the butt pecker.... Let's just hope it's just the weather... Steve
     

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