My chickens had to be cooped up. They stopped laying.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Supercare, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. Supercare

    Supercare New Egg

    Mar 17, 2012
    Hello all,
    I am new to this forum of BYC. Nice to know that more are interested.
    I got five chickens, and they started egglaying a month ago.
    Recently I had to coop them since they started to enter my neighbour's yard and he complained about it.
    Ever since then, they stopped laying eggs and two of them started to act very strange.
    They sint in the basket and won't feed nor drink.
    What can be done?

    Please help!
  2. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

    May 11, 2011
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    If they're used to roaming freely and now cannot, then they're probably feeling stressed. Is your coop big enough to have that many birds in it? You should have, at bare minimum, 2 square feet of space per bird.
  3. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    Maybe the two that are sitting in the basket and not eating could be broody? Do they screech at you if you try to take them out?

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