I think our chooks have stopped laying because of one broody chook

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AllyB71, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. AllyB71

    AllyB71 New Egg

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    Hi! We are very new to this chook thing, we inherited them recently. Not even sure what the breeds are. We have a broody chook ( she could be and Australorp). We have two white chooks that I think are White sultans who recently started laying, but have now stopped I'm guessing because Madam Broody won't let them! She is "top dog" in the coupe apparently. The other hens are still laying. Is this harmful to the Sultans not being allowed to lay? Can it affect their health? I feel so sorry for them given that they are already at the bottom of the pecking order! Help.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I don't think sultan are the best layers so they may not lay consistently. Having a broody can often cause others to go broody, so if you aren't hatching than I always break them before the whole flock is sitting around clucking.
     
  3. AllyB71

    AllyB71 New Egg

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    Thank you, we'll keep persisting in trying to break her cycle :)
     

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