It's a mystery to me...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tcbosco1, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. tcbosco1

    tcbosco1 In the Brooder

    I have four two-year old hens. Three of them are laying eggs and one hasn't laid and egg since April.

    She is a Rhode Island Red and used to lay brown eggs. After her winter moult (which was her first as an adult hen), she laid about 4 jumbo white eggs, and hasn't laid an egg since. The color change was interesting, but I'm really concerned about the "no egg" thing!

    Does anyone have any ideas as to what is going on? She is healthy, eats and drinks, and does all the normal chicken things - except lay eggs!
  2. midget_farms

    midget_farms Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    This is a common occurance for birds of that age.

    Though a chicken will live 10 + years - industrial egg producers get rid of thier hens when they reach 2 yrs old for just that reason - doesn't pay to feed them if they dont consistantly lay.

    She will eventually start laying again. But it could be days, weeks or months before she does.
  3. tcbosco1

    tcbosco1 In the Brooder

    Geez! I had heard that after their first moult they lay fewer eggs, but larger ones. No one prepared me for no eggs at all!!! : )

    I guess I'll just have to play the waiting game!

    Thanks for the info.

    [email protected] In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2010
    Hollis Center, Maine
    also try producer feed from agway.. could be a diet thing too!

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