My hen stopped laying.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by zooinmypocket, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. zooinmypocket

    zooinmypocket Out Of The Brooder

    21
    6
    32
    Aug 21, 2016
    California
    Hello, I have a breeding pair of pet-quality American Seramas as well as a Japanese together. At around 8 months she laid her first little white egg and was laying between every 1-3 days regularly. She laid for a month and a half then suddenly stopped. If my records are correct 4 weeks have gone by without a single egg. My Japanese has started laying at 6 months this month. Today I checked vents to make sure and my Serama's vent was dry. Any ideas why?
     
  2. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

    3,205
    566
    261
    Mar 14, 2015
    Northern Colorado
    It could be a lighting issue. It's winter, and they don't get enough hours of daylight to produce many eggs. I'm not familiar with the breed, so I don't know how good of layers they are during summer hours to compare, sorry. Some breeds continue through winter where others almost completely shut down.

    It could also be that someone is eating the egg. :p What do they get fed? If they're deficient of nutrients, they may stop laying, or they may start eating their own eggs to fill protein requirements.

    Last but not least, but most unlikely, is brooding. It doesn't sound like the case, though. They don't brood unless they have eggs to sit on, so I would think that one is highly unlikely.

    I would assume its just because it's winter. If that's the case, she should start back up in early spring, or as soon as it hits 14 hours of light per day. You could try supplementing with artificial lights in the meantime if you want, but IMO, they like and need the little rest from laying for a bit. :)
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2016

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by