My whole flock has suddenly stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Anigozanthos, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. Anigozanthos

    Anigozanthos Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 20, 2014
    I have a flock of five, including a Welsummer (2 1/2 years old), Rhode Island Red (2 1/2 years old), a Black Sex Link (2 years) and two Isa Browns (2 years). We haven't had a single egg from them in the last week.

    We are still having summer weather here, temperatures around 30 - 35 degrees Celsius.

    We had a slowdown in egg production earlier in the year, they seemed to be moulting and we were only getting around one egg a day. Then they picked back up to normal production for a few weeks, then abruptly stopped laying altogether. There is no evidence of feather loss now.

    There has been no changes to their diet, we feed them with Barastoc Darling Downs Layer, vegetable scraps from the kitchen and occasionally yoghurt. They also have access to shell grit.

    We haven't seen any pests around but set rat traps outside just in case. We get the occasional snake on our block but I've been checking the nesting box frequently at different times through the day and there is never any sign of eggs or any other intruders.

    Can anyone provide any other ideas about why they've suddenly stopped laying altogether?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    You are into your winter along with shortened day length, right? Day length is the single greatest factor causing a cessation in egg laying. Your birds are also reaching that point where production normally drops off.
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    Meaning that the annual molt is now beginning Down Under. All that sourland and I listed is a Mammy Yokum Dog Patch style triple whammy for egg production.
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  4. Anigozanthos

    Anigozanthos Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 20, 2014

    We live in Central Queensland, so we won't see any sort of winter conditions for around three months and then it will be very mild. This time of year we get around 12 hours of daylight and today's temp is 34 degrees Celsius (around 93 degrees Fahrenheit). Last nights minimum was 22 degrees (76 Fahrenheit).

    I thought maybe it was an age related thing but I found it odd that it was a sudden stop. Is there anything else I should be offering them at this time?
  5. scottnc

    scottnc New Egg

    Dec 19, 2015
    Maybe it's sunspots. Just kidding, I am having the same problem, Overnight four hens went from one to three eggs a day to none. They just stopped laying. They are Dominique and one Dominique X Rhode Island Red. The cross will be a year old in May and had been laying for only two months. She had shown signs of being broody but that stopped along with the laying. The adults are a year and a half to two years old and molted several months back. We did change feed and are in the process of changing back.

    We went with Dominiques because they were reputed to lay longer but less frequently fitting our needs.

    I be will watching to see what kind of advice you get.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
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