How old are EE's when they stop laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Debi214, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. Debi214

    Debi214 Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    Richmond, VA
    My two EE's are 17 months old and went through a moult around 6 weeks ago and have stopped laying. One laid a beautiful light blue egg and the other was a light olive colored egg. Does anyone know if they will start up again - I know they slow down after they get older but this is making me worry - like maybe they are sick. UGH!!!

  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Songster

    Mar 26, 2009
    I think they will start laying agains soon! Good luck...Hopefully some others with pitch in some advice.
  3. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Antonio
    I had 2 EE's that stopped laying pretty early. IDK if it has to do with the breed or what. [​IMG]
  4. buzymom13

    buzymom13 I run the Alien Chicken Asylum

    Apr 20, 2010
    [​IMG] I have 2 EE's...both are chipmunk colored. One "TY" hadn't laid an egg since Oct. 5th then Nov. 8th she started again. We've had an egg almost every day since. Don't know why... The other EE "PoDunk" has yet to start laying (they are both 34 wks) ..

    Only thing I started doing differently was feeding them cabbage... I DON"T KNOW? They are DIVAS... [​IMG]
  5. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    At 17 months, your birds are still young. They may just be slowed waaaay down because of the shorter days.

  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    EE do not produce at the level of the production bred birds. There is an upside to that in that they will lay for a far longer period of time than production birds. If eggs are your only concern, EE are not really the bird for you. If neat chickens that lay pretty eggs for their entire life is your thing- you've got them. They will start laying again, but may not do so until the daylength increases.
  7. BookWorm243

    BookWorm243 Songster

    Oct 13, 2010
    Franklin, NC
    I have a EE that stoped laying when the days got shorter but as soon as I put a light in she started back up! She lay a olive egg every day for me. All of my hens where messed up when the days got shorter [​IMG] They should start back up soon I would put a light in there coop if possible that way you can get them laying again. All it needs to be is a 40watt bulb it is just bright enough to keep the awake the extra time. A chicken needs 14hours of light to lay an egg. I turn my light on a 7:30 and turn it off at 8:30.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2010
  8. buzymom13

    buzymom13 I run the Alien Chicken Asylum

    Apr 20, 2010
    I got my chicks because I wanted eggs. I also got my chicks because I wanted to broaden our "self sufficiency" attitude in our family. We're a homeschooling, learn the most you can and make the most of what you have kinda family. We enjoy our chicks immensely. We're always excited by any eggs or interesting things we learn. We also use the eggs to supplement our grocery bill. ( It's great not to have to buy eggs anymore)

    My kids and I have learned a lot. We have also fallen in deep like (love) with our flock. We're planning to expand our flock in the spring and possibly add meat birds. We've processed a mean extra roo and have even sold some extra eggs.

    We're liking our choice to become newbie backyard chicken farmers. EE's are just one small but exciting part of that world. They are great birds but definitely DIVAS of the chicken world.

    Enjoy! [​IMG]
  9. gumbii

    gumbii Songster

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
    hens stop laying eggs...? like... forever...?

    man, i have a lot more reading to do...

  10. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Gumbil, hens slow down as they get older. But you can read on here about really, really old hens laying...infrequently...but laying, nonetheless.

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