my hen stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dublinfeather, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. dublinfeather

    dublinfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one hen who has been a great layer and recently she's laid a couple of soft shelled eggs, which had broken in the nest. Now suddenly she's stopped laying all together while the other three are laying fine. They have a good diet and plenty of water, she's around two years old so what could the problem be?
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    It might be that she's going into a molt maybe?
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

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    Second autumn is usually the time of their first adult molt. So that could be the stoppage. It doesn't explain the soft eggs though.

    What is a good diet? What makes up their total feed intake?
     
  4. dublinfeather

    dublinfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are free range and have egg layer crumbles with oyster shell mixed in. They get limited fruit/vegetable scrapes. But the other hen her age isn't doing the same as she is.
     
  5. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't 'mix' the oyster shell with the feed. Keep a container of oyster shell on the side...chickens know how much to eat of it. You might also give them some hard-boiled eggs, shell and all crushed up real good...they love them and it is great extra protein for egg production.
     
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  6. ChickenCanoe

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  7. dublinfeather

    dublinfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We tried the bowl with just oyster shell and they never even touched it. They eat most of it in their plate and leave a good portion behind but they also share with sparrows and other assorted birds that scavenge off their food
     
  8. cafarmgirl

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    Have you picked her up recently and checked her over real good? See if she's lost or gained weight, check carefully for mites or lice. Are they on a regular deworming program? Lots of things that it could be but aside from getting ready to molt these would be my next considerations. It's the laying of the soft shelled, broken eggs and then stopping laying that is a bit concerning.
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

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    They may not have touched it since they were already getting 4% calcium in their layer feed and didn't need it. The main point is you don't want to feed excessive calcium. If you mix oyster shell with a 4% calcium feed, they're getting too much.
     
  10. dublinfeather

    dublinfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her weight is good and she regularly gives herself a dust bath. They have been picking at a pumpkin that is in the yard
     

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