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My "Ameraucana" isn't laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bowserella, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. Bowserella

    Bowserella Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey everybody!

    I need some help. I have two chickens that turned 6 months old on Dec. 2. One is a wyandotte and the other is an ameraucana (or easter egger). The wyandotte started laying the sweetest little eggs right at 6 months. A day or two later the ameraucana laid a tiny little egg with no yolk. She has not laid one since but the wyandotte produces one each day. I expected some sporadic egg laying in the beginning but I guess I thought it would more like an egg every few days not a week or more in between eggs. So, now I am getting worried - is my ameraucana okay? Is there something we should do to encourage her to lay? Thanks for any advice with this.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Is there any chance she could be hiding her egg in a secret nesting spot?
     
  3. Bowserella

    Bowserella Out Of The Brooder

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    I feel like I have searched the coop and run pretty thoroughly but I will keep searching. So i guess it's not normal for her to not have laid any other eggs?
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    It could be the long nights and short day that is delaying onset of lay.

    What are you feeding?

    Maybe don't let them out of the coop into the run until mid afternoon and put some fake eggs in the coop nest.
     
  5. Bowserella

    Bowserella Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay so today I heard a terrible racket in the coop and this little girl came running out. I thought, "finally, she laid another egg!" I checked the coop and nothing. She sounded clearly distressed. Could she be egg bound? I'm a new chicken owner so I am not sure of the signs or how to resolve it. Does anyone have any advice or links they could share with me? Also, how likely would this be?
     

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