Not laying eggs 3 months!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PToledo81, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. PToledo81

    PToledo81 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm hoping that someone can help me out... My 1 1/2 year old Australorp hasn't started laying eggs since her chicks hatched out three months ago!!! What could be wrong? Did she go sterile for some reason? Is there anything I can do to encourage her to start laying again? She did go through an intense molting right after hatching the eggs... Please help!
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the hen still caring for her brood? Most hens have left their chicks by three months of age, but not all. Provide a diet for egg laying and check for possible health problems.
     
  3. PToledo81

    PToledo81 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, her chicks are still around. She does flip out when I take one of them away.. She'll start squawking and calling for them. If this is an indication that she is still caring for them, then yes...
     
  4. Alex1010

    Alex1010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's still caring for them
     
  5. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hen will not start laying again until she has severed ties to her grown chicks. When she does she will stop clucking (calling the chicks to follow), stop using the food call, and actively drive the chicks away from her.
     
  6. Alex1010

    Alex1010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Asil hen with 3 month old chicks they're bigger than her but she still calls them
     
  7. PToledo81

    PToledo81 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the replies! Makes me feel a little better!
     

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