My chickens quit laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cindy65, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. cindy65

    cindy65 Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens began laying eggs about 4 weeks ago. My RIR lays everyday reliably and my aracauna and silkie were laying at least every other day. My rooster moved out about two weeks ago and now I haven't gotten one single green egg since. I don't know if it's because it's colder now or because there is no boy. Any ideas??
     
  2. emzee

    emzee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should still continue to lay, even without a rooster. Do you have artificial light in the coop? If you don't, that may be the reason why they're not laying.
     
  3. cindy65

    cindy65 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, I have light in the chicken coop.
     
  4. janie's silkies

    janie's silkies Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens have stopped laying and I think it is because they are molting. I have been told to just be patient. Janie
     
  5. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many hours of light daily?
     
  6. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Breed and feed are both as important as light. I have no artificial light and about only 10 hrs good daylight, yet am getting 20 a day from 24 pullets and one of those is a runt with a pink comb at 7 months. My feed is nothing special at 16% protein.

    You might try Calf-manna to supplement your feed. It is high-protein stuff and good for helping them regrow feathers during molt. [​IMG] Good for kick-starting them after molt too. If you are seeing lots of feathers, you may have one that is molting . That will tank egg production until feathers regrow. [​IMG]
     
  7. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    possibly molting or it may be because its winter, sometimes they stop laying [​IMG]
     

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