My ladies stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sillyillyondra, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. sillyillyondra

    sillyillyondra In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2013
    Orangevale, CA
    I have 2 beautiful Buff Orpingtons hens (downsized from 4 hens about 2 months ago) that have recently stopped laying. They are exactly 1 year old this month. One lady stopped laying about 30 days ago and the second stopped laying about a week ago. They get as much food as their hearts desire, the temps are still high here averaging 90 degrees, they are as happy as ever and free range 3-4 hours a day. They are not molting. The only thing that changed was the departure of 2 hens. Would this cause my buffs to stop laying? Could there be something wrong with them?
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    Since you gave the others away 2 months ago, don't think that's the cause.
    If they are eating, acting normal, not likely ill.

    Are you sure they are not broody?
  3. Not sure where you live, but in many places there are not as many light hours, and this causes hens not to lay as well. They also could be going through a mini molt, one that's not as noticeable, but still happening.

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