Laying issues

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ccchicken, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. ccchicken

    ccchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I moved my RIRs into their sweet new coop (about a month ago) and they started laying right away - 2 a day and on occasion 3. In the past week tho, one of them has stopped laying. I don't think she is egg bound, everything seems normal with her and I have not made any changes to their diet, etc. They have their laying mash, oyster shell and supplemental treats from me. They get free run of the backyard for a few hours in the afternoons. Lots of sunlight and room to run around.

    Any ideas as to what might be causing this?

    thanks!
     
  2. cheapcheap_jeepjeep

    cheapcheap_jeepjeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so glad you asked I have the same thing going on here.but I could only tell which of the the 3 she is.
     
  3. ccchicken

    ccchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a pretty good guess as to which of the 2 it is. And the funny thing is - was that she was the first of the 2 to start laying. I hope we can figure out whats going on! I have had a few double-yokers in the past few weeks, so maybe she is just saving them up for one huge one?? [​IMG]
     
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    Chickens take breaks. Because she started laying early, her body might need a rest. Heat will affect laying as well.
     
  5. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    ccchicken, Sometimes they will lay outside under favorite trees or bushes. I found a cashe of eggs under a Blue Spruce with almost 2 dozen eggs one year. I usually make the hens stay locked up till noon, giving them more time to lay before going out.

    Older hens, that know where to lay help to educate younger birds alot.

    bigzio
     
  6. ccchicken

    ccchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I was worried they were doing that too - so i have been keeping them in the coop until late in the afternoon, thinking that if they haven't done anyting by then, it probably wasn't going to happen. But I think I will do a close inspection of the backyard in case that's been happening.[​IMG]
     

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