My Araucana is not laying any more!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mahaliamcg, Mar 5, 2015.

  1. Mahaliamcg

    Mahaliamcg New Egg

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    Hi everyone
    I am just hoping someone can help me with my araucana woes. She is my only Araucana so I can't really compare her to any of my other chickens.

    Basically, she had started laying in about october/november- and then by christmas was broody. She was broody for at least 5-6 weeks and then I got excited because she was happy to leave the coop- so I assumed she was going to start to lay soon.

    She started losing her feathers (and lost quite a lot- but not enough to have bald patches or anything) and hasn't started laying again.
    Is this a normal thing for Araucanas?


    Any help or suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated
    thanks!
     
  2. ChristieB

    ChristieB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's Not breed related, they don't lay when broody or moulting, once she's done moulting she will lay again. If she goes broody again and you don't want to hatch eggs then put her in a broody cage or block the nest boxes and she will go back to laying much sooner
     
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  3. DPhillips71

    DPhillips71 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes it's normal she is molting and will not lay for a bit. Mine are also molting and not laying but after the molt period she will start laying again.
     
  4. Mahaliamcg

    Mahaliamcg New Egg

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    thank you both,
    that is great to know!
    :)
     
  5. Mahaliamcg

    Mahaliamcg New Egg

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    Ok so it's been an additional 3 weeks and still no little blue eggs!
    How long does an Araucana moult for?
    Thanks!
     
  6. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think mine were molting for 2 to 3 months this year...so give it some time!
     
  7. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Increase her protein to help her recover from the molt. I went to a 20% feed. Layer is only 16%. You can supplement with meat (or fish since she isn't laying), or scrambled eggs if you don't want to change feed.
     

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