My hens stopped laying!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Dbl T in CO, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. Dbl T in CO

    Dbl T in CO Out Of The Brooder

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    Jun 22, 2007
    Byers CO
    Question:

    I have 2 year old hens that initially laid very well. Last May I introduced a rooster. They laid until they started molting. They molted for almost 2 months which seemed long. When they started to lay again they laid for about 4 weeks and then stopped. That has been about 8 weeks ago. I have a light in their coop so they are getting about 17 hours of light a day. Any ideas as to why they have stopped laying?

    I appreciate your time. Thanks!!
     
  2. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

    Nov 20, 2009
    louisiana
    what temp is it there?
    Maybe just cold.
     
  3. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    Mississippi
    Do they free range in the day? If so they might be hiding them in the bushes.
    Have you changed their diet? What kinds of food do you feed?
    Has it been colder this winter vs last winter? And did they lay well last winter?
    Are they fully feathered back out?
     
  4. Dbl T in CO

    Dbl T in CO Out Of The Brooder

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    The weather has relatively the same as last year. They are fully feathered. They have not been free ranging since winter hit. They laid very well last winter. I’m stumped. We are starting to think it has something to do with the rooster. He is the only variable in this equation. We just can’t figure it out.
     

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