My Araucana hasn't laid an egg in about 3 weeks. HELP!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jimmywalt, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. jimmywalt

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    We started a small backyard chicken hobby in our backyard in our subdivision. We have 3 ISA Browns (great egg layers), 1 Araucana and 1 Bantam.

    All are about 22 weeks old. Our ISA Browns give us 1 egg every day (never missed a day since they started about 2 months ago. Our Araucana has given us about 10 eggs and was doing it pretty much every day when she began, but for about the last 3 weeks she hasn't given even 1 egg!!!! She seems healthy, she's tame and let's us hold her. She eats well (just as much as all the rest), so I think she's fine but I don't understand why she just stopped giving eggs cold-turkey a couple weeks ago.

    I switched their feed a couple weeks ago from "grower/finisher" (15% protein) to "layer" (16% protein) and they would have been about 18 weeks old. I also feed them "treats" from time to time of corn on the cob, watermelon, cucumbers, crackers, breads, mealworms, etc.

    All of the chickens are in an enclosed run/coop. No other animals can get in (1/4" hardware cloth all around). No signs of her eating her eggs. She ALWAYS used the egg boxes. I've looked everywhere to see if she's hiding them (none found).

    Any idea why she would just stop laying???? What can I do? I know they only lay about 180 to 200 eggs per year, but how can she just stop all of a sudden?

    HELP!

    Thank you!

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    Last edited: Aug 29, 2013

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Your 'Araucana' is in fact an Easter Egger. They have been bred and selected for egg color and sometimes their production is all over the place. She will never lay like your sex links. She appears healthy in your pictures and by your description of her behavior, I doubt that there is any serious problem.
     
  3. jimmywalt

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    Finally............... She gave us an egg today (9/7/13)!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was thinking yesterday that when I gave them all a couple slices of bread each day was when I was getting 4 eggs (from the 5 chickens) per day. So I gave them bread yesterday and I got the egg today. I wonder if this could be the reason????
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2013
  4. Percheron chick

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    Based on your account, she started laying at 17-18 weeks which is on the early side for EEs. 22-24 is more normal so the fact that she stopped and has started up on a more average schedule tells me she was too immature and not ready when she first started. If you've had hot and humid weather, that's working against her too.

    The bread had nothing to do with it.
     

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