I can't believe I'm asking this...but why isn't my girl laying?!?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by melloladies, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. melloladies

    melloladies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I read the sticky. I have a small flock (4 layers, one free-loader) All are under a year old. I've been getting about an egg a day from 3 of my layers, but one of them hasn't laid an egg in about 5 days now. I can't see blaming it on the daylight, since the other girls are still going strong. Same with nutrition/stress... She had a mudflap (to quote another BYC member) going on, so the DH and I gave her a little dunk and a butt cut the other day, and I felt her abdomen then (about 2 days ago) and I didn't feel and egg "stuck" or anything... She is eating/drinking/acting completely normal. I don't THINK she's molting...no evidence of that.
    The last two days I've seen her sneak into the coop....only to come right out less than 2 minutes later.
    I don't want to let some health problem sneak by me- anybody have a brainstorm?
     
  2. rearrolled

    rearrolled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chooks can stop laying and then start again
     
  3. melloladies

    melloladies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh...really??? hm. i didnt know that. That seems basic!
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Maybe something frightened her that didn't bother the others, or not as much. I had a predator attack recently, some are laying regularly and some haven't laid since.

    I guess you could try a warm bath and blow dry. Maybe she's got an XXL egg trying to come down. Won't hurt.
     
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:WOW, rilly? (kids these days are soooo much smarter) [​IMG]

    Is she the same breed as the others? I've found some breeds vary their laying and molting schedules.

    The other thing that came to mind was egg eating- but I have never encountered an egg eater, and I've had chickens for a long time.

    Hope she gets in gear again soon!
     
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  6. ScotianChick

    ScotianChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you noticed her place in the pecking order? She might be being bullied which would make her stressed. Maybe go out and watch them for a bit [​IMG]
     
  7. melloladies

    melloladies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's either the middle girl in the pecking order, or the next to last. I actually think she got in quite the scuffle with the top hen today. My flock is a pretty mixed bag of breeds. Girlie in question is the Ameraucana. My EE's and the Rock are still layin' away!
    If only I could say "Raffi, dear, what's bothering you?" And get an answer besides [​IMG]

    She's got me guessing for sure!
     
  8. ScotianChick

    ScotianChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe there's some inter-flock drama you don't know about [​IMG] Or she could be hiding her eggs! One of my RIRs did that for a bit. She'd go in the coop to investigate and then she decided those quarters weren't good enough for her and she snuck off to lay else where!
     
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  9. egg proof

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    One of my EE's is not laying as well. I'll wait till spring and if she still hasn't produced, I will invite her to dinner. Grain is not cheap.
     
  10. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First my Marans quit laying, then my Barred Rock, both at about 10 months. They are both molting, but you could hardly tell at first with the Marans - she doesn't look too bad, just mostly tail and back-side feathers missing. Now the poor Barred Rock- she's quite a sight. [​IMG]
    I'm hoping they start back up soon.
     

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