Please help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickenNewbie32, May 28, 2016.

  1. ChickenNewbie32

    ChickenNewbie32 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got my self 5 Rhode Island red chickens. The first week they laid 3 eggs, the next they laid 2. But after that they stopped laying, I am not sure why. I live in Australia so winter is almost here (Winter starts in june where I live), so I am not sure why they have stopped laying. Please help!

    Picture of them: [​IMG]

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!

    Could be one or more of several things...
    .....when birds are moved to a new location it's stressful and stress can stop laying.
    ....change in diet as well as location can play a part.
    ....if birds are over a year old they may be getting ready to molt.
    ...do you have a coop for them with cozy safe nests?
    ......is coop secured at night so no predators can harass them?
     
  3. ChickenNewbie32

    ChickenNewbie32 Out Of The Brooder

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    4 of them don't have all their feathers but are starting grow them, and no i don't have a nesting box for them since i couldn't find any straw, is there an alternative to straw? This morning one of my chickens was making sounds which were pretty loud, does that mean anything? thanks again!
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What's in the nest isn't near as important as a coop for shelter to sleep at night and from the weather....do you have a coop?
    They could be missing feathers because of a molt or bugs or being picked on.
    What are you feeding....protein level of balance chicken ration?
     
  5. ChickenNewbie32

    ChickenNewbie32 Out Of The Brooder

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    i feed them leftovers a sometimes seeds that i bought. I have a coop i made for them out of wood.
    Also i don't have a nesting box for them, is that a problem?
     
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    Bump!
     
  7. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    So you are not giving them a commercial poultry feed? Only scraps?
     
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    I still give them commercial feed, but not always. Also do you have to have a nesting box?
     

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