Icelandic Chickens Egg Laying Problems

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by northdakotamom, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. northdakotamom

    northdakotamom New Egg

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    Hello all! I have a small flock of Icelandic hens and rooster. They were hatched in June 2011. Last summer, they were laying good, an egg a day from each hen. Then around September, they stopped laying and haven't started back since. I wanted this breed for their beauty and also for their winter capabilities. I was wondering if anyone has any advice?

    Thank you much!
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    On average how much daylight are you getting? Are they free ranging or in a coop?
     
  3. northdakotamom

    northdakotamom New Egg

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    They are in a large coop with a very large run. As far as daylight, when they stopped laying, they were still getting 15-16 hours per day. Right now they are getting around 12 natural, and 4 artificial light. Really hoping they start laying again as I am very anxious to get some eggs in the incubator :)

    Thanks!
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    They are probably molting. June 2011 would put them at the right age to go through their first big molt. Give them time and they will start back up again.

    My icelandics are great layers - only 2 are laying right now though.
     
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2013
  6. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stress? did something happen that made them stop laying 6 days after? are you feeding them properly? sometimes during winter they need a bit of extra calcium to help. :)
     

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