No Eggs!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Specialk3749, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. Specialk3749

    Specialk3749 New Egg

    Sep 17, 2012
    In August, my young hens started laying and we were thrilled! Out of the 10 leghorn hens that I had, I was getting 7-8 eggs a day. My brown layers started laying late in September and I was only getting 3 eggs a day out of the 10 of those and some days none at all. Last month (in October), my dogs got into the fence and killed two of my leghorns. Right after that, they stopped laying and it has now been weeks since I have gotten an egg. I have looked around for a secret nest and have not found one. I am feeding them layer and they are free range. I have a light in the shed for them, but I live in SW Michigan and it has been very cloudy this month! Could it have been the stress of the dogs, or not enough light to cause NO eggs? I have raised chickens before and in the winter months have seen a decline of eggs, but not completely stop, especially this soon! Any suggestion as to what the problem could be?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Stress. I had a mixed flock of various egg and DP breeds and a beagle somehow got in there, chewed on a few and basically terrorized the flock. They wouldn't leave the coop for a week and I didn't get one egg from them for 2 months.

    Any time there's a predator attack they shut down for a while.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Yes, it's normal for them to quit laying when you have predator stress. They will resume laying in time. If you see a lot of feathers laying around, they may be molting as well.
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I wanted to add, when the whole flock quits laying, it's important to take them off of layer feed.
  5. Math

    Math Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2013
    Are the dogs off the seen now so the hens will not feel the stress? If the hens don't feel safe and happy they may not give you eggs.

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