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laying after broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wmillsap, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. wmillsap

    wmillsap Out Of The Brooder

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    My black astrlourpe went broody about 3 weeks ago. It took about 4 days of me removing her from the nesting box. This Friday it will have been 3.5 weeks of no eggs( 4 days broody, 3 weeks no eggs) . She was my best layer. In 36 days she laid 31 eggs. When will she lay again? Can I do anything it encourage her to lay again? This is her picture from this morning. I think her comb looks red?? [​IMG]
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  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    That seems long. If I could detect a broody and get her in a cage to break witthing two days of broody they usually got back to laying withing 3 weeks. It's the ones that you can't break or were broody longer that usually take the longest to get into laying again. It seems a function of how hard broody they were and how long they were broody before breaking that determines length of time to lay. With variables like that I couldn't guess but think she'll be laying very soon.
     
  3. wmillsap

    wmillsap Out Of The Brooder

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    I have checked the box about 10 times a day. I'm going to do a happy dance when she decides to lay! Thanks for the advice.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    She may have found a 'better' place to lay out in her range area?

    If you're in the northern hemisphere, shorter days may be having and effect.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    How old is she?
     
  6. Melinda48

    Melinda48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our chickens molted. We have 11 girls and used to get 10 eggs a day without fail. Now we are lucky to get 4. This has been going on for over a month now. How the heck long is it going to be until they lay again?
     
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  7. wmillsap

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    She is 10 months old. She was laying constantly. Most weeks she gave 6 eggs. Now nothing! Nothing! It's killing me. We are located in Central Alabama. I have a light on them providing 14 hours of total light in a day. My others are laying. I only have 6 hens no rooster. One of my hens is only 5 months so that leave me 5 laying hens. Now that she has stopped laying I'm down to 4 layers. I have 4 boys. We eat eggs! We need eggs!!
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Do you free range? She may be laying in her range area.
     
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    Yes they do free range but in my fenced in back yard. I have thought of that and have searched the yard for the last few days but didn't find anything. It's crazy!
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I'd confine them to coop/run for a few days-week to see if they are laying.

    Can also check pelvic points:
    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.
     
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