If a hen is put under a lot of stress can she still lay eggs or become broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by starrmar006, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. starrmar006

    starrmar006 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If a hen is put under a lot of stress can she still lay eggs or become broody? [​IMG]
     
  2. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No.Stress is a big portion on how much they lay and the chances of them going broody.Is your hen under stress?
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Elaborate on what you are calling stress.
     
  4. aart

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  5. starrmar006

    starrmar006 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    tough times in life like getting stepped on from other hens (same size as her) and getting tail feathers pulled out. [​IMG]
     
  6. starrmar006

    starrmar006 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats her stress in life
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes and yes. Performance improvement in both likely to be realized if you lower the density of birds in your setup. This may require significant investment on your part and that can start with describing, using pictures, how your chickens are kept.
     
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  8. Phoenix10

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    I have an Australorpe who is 21 weeks who hasn't started laying yet. She is constantly running away from one of my ISA's and I think the stress of being chased and pecked is stopping her from starting to lay. I don't think she is too young to lay, her comb and wattles are huge and bright red. What do you guys think?
     
  9. starrmar006

    starrmar006 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If her comb is red of any color then she is laying. They should start laying by 6 months so she is probably laying outside the coop!? you never know. [​IMG]
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Do a butt check.
    Vent Appearance:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying.

    Pelvic Points, feel for the 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.


    If it seems she should be laying....and you free range:
    Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 3-4 days (or longer) can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. Fake eggs/golf balls in the nests can help 'show' them were to lay. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it. ..at least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.



    Well, probably.
    Average age of lay for most breeds is 18-26 weeks, some go longer depending on breed and sometimes time of year(daylight length).
     

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