My EE hasn't laid in 2 weeks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bucolic beauty, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. bucolic beauty

    bucolic beauty Out Of The Brooder

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    My Easter Egger, who, at 3 years old has always been one of our champion layers at 3-5 eggs a week, decided to quit two weeks ago. I'm assuming she's stressed out for some unknown reason? It seems like anything and everything can stress out a chicken. [​IMG]
     
  2. dbounds10

    dbounds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    3 is a little old for a laying hen, she may just have layed all she is going to....bummer
     
  3. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
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    Pretty sure I've read they drop off slowly, over a few years, not go from 3 to 5 eggs a week to nothing all of a sudden, though I could be wrong. I read a chart (which I tried to find later and couldn't) showing laying over the life of a hen. At 5 years, they tend to lay about 50% of peak. So, if a hen was laying 6 eggs per week at 15 months, they should still be laying 3ish eggs at 5 years old.

    Now, how this might be affected by breeding that increases laying early, I have no idea. But to me, it sounds like something (heat maybe?) stressed her out, and she's stopped laying temporarily.
     
  4. bucolic beauty

    bucolic beauty Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, guys. I'm sure the ducks or one the other hens looked at her wrong and stressed her out. [​IMG]
     

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