My hens aren't acting normal

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CaseyLee, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. CaseyLee

    CaseyLee In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2013
    My 2 yr old hen is molting and looks miserable and hasn't laid in 2 weeks - mean while my other two (7months old) have stopped laying as well !! Is this normal?
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Chickens often stop laying after a change in their routine - addition or subtraction of flock members, a predator attack, etc. But I am think parasites with the feather loss. Give you a close inspection - and the others ones as well. Good luck to you!
  3. aggiemae

    aggiemae Songster

    Mar 18, 2012
    Salem Oregon
    Molting hens can look pretty awful, some go almost naked but with others, if it where not for feathers floating around in the coop, you might hardly notice it at all. Either extreme they will slow and even stop laying for 2-3 weeks then gradually return to normal.

    Add some protein to their diet (perhaps a nice scrambled egg?) and put some vitamin drops to the water. I use drops made for human babies. Molting is hard enough on a chicken so I don't add to their stress by worm or chemically treating for parasites unless I can actually see them.

    As for your other hens,even if they are not molting very hot or humid weather can slow or stop laying but if they are all about the same age it is possible that they are also at some stage of molting as well.
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2013

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