need some advice

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bobandpatty, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. bobandpatty

    bobandpatty New Egg

    Apr 22, 2014
    i have a very skiddish, strange chicken (just 8-9 months) who had been laying small beautiful blue eggs. She stopped laying completely about 2 wks ago; why? Is she due to be soup?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Not if she's only 9 months old. There are breeds/lines that molt their first autumn if hatched early enough in the year.
    She could be going into molt or it could be just the shortening days.
    It could be other things as well but this time of year, those are the primary reasons.

    She may not be laying now but it doesn't mean she can't lay for many more years.
    I have a 6 year old ameraucana that quit 3 weeks ago. She's molting now as she does this time every year. She kicked back in last December and laid 5-6 eggs a week for the next 9 months.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Had a 9 month old molt last year.

    Do you free range?
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    She's likely going through a light molt. Are her tail feathers missing? Are you seeing her feathers lying around the coop/yard? Once she is done molting, she'll start laying again. I've had several 9 month old birds molt.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015

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