i havent gotten an egg from my easter egger in 3 months!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by boykin2010, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she was an awesome layer until about october 1. then she decided to take a vacation and not lay and i have yet to get an egg from her and it is December 17! is there something wrong with her? has anyone else experienced this?
     
  2. FrizzlesRule

    FrizzlesRule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She could be moulting which is perfectly normal at this time of year. Most hens moult around October, some earlier or even later. They will stop laying during the moult atleast until they get their feathers back. How old is she?
     
  3. freezefamilyfarm

    freezefamilyfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's been about 2 months for mine. Not sure if its moulting or just the weather. I went from 5 green eggs a week to zero. [​IMG]
     
  4. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my EE is moulting now....and so is my Cuckoo Marans. but my Marans was loosing very little feathers....and she stopped laying. i hardly saw ANY feathers laying around....i thought she was being a slacker. but then people here helped me realize that she was indeed moulting. and i DID see feathers, just not very much. my EE is loosing a LOT more feathers. so now i only have 2 outta 4 girls laying. my other EE and BO are still going strong.
     
  5. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i dont know how old she is because i got her from someone else. she is a pretty good layer since i was getting 4 sometimes 5 eggs a week from her. then one day she just stopped. she is moulting but so far i all see missing is some of tailfeathers. i just thought even though they are moulting they still lay but just not as much. i didnt know they just completely stopped altogether. o well.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    She's molting. Chickens do not lay when they molt. They need all their energy to regrow feathers. Some of mine went through a hard molt, some just looked like they lost tail feathers. My EE has just started back up again this week.

    You can help the molt along by increasing their protein. Give meat scraps, fish, some people give cat food, Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, etc.
     
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