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POL chickens have stop laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by roselerfarm, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. roselerfarm

    roselerfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi. I've had my 2 chickens for about a month now. We purchased them from a store as point of lay Rhode Island crossbreed and were advised they would start laying within a few weeks. Anyway, day 3 of having them and we got our first egg and then got one every two days or so. But now it's been 5 days and nothing.
    Is it normal for them to stop so soon after only just starting to lay?

    I'm in Queensland , Australia and it is very hot at the moment but could there be another reason? [​IMG]
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    The first weeks of production can be a matter fits and starts. It takes a bit for their systems to get into a good, regular pattern.
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    One thing to consider - are they confined 24/7 or allowed to free range for all/part of the day? Laying birds will sometimes "go rogue" and nest outside the intended laying area - this can be especially problematic with new layers who are not yet into a good, solid routine of laying in the nest boxes, etc.
     
  4. roselerfarm

    roselerfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    It's a week today and still no more eggs.

    My girls don't free range the yard. Their coop is massive though. It's an old horse round yard that's been converted. I've looked around and they haven't laid anywhere else. Pics attached. [​IMG]
     
  5. Teila

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    Howdy roselerfarm from a fellow Queenslander [​IMG]

    As Ol Grey Mare mentioned, it takes a while for their system to become regular.

    That is a nice, large area you have for your girls.

    After laying up a storm during August, September and October my gals have eased off a bit on the laying the last week or so.

    Just something else to consider, have you checked them over for mite and lice? The start of the wet season always seems to bring those pesky critters to the forefront.

    After a nasty infestation last November I was paranoid about mites and lice, stripping the coop every weekend and dousing everything with a spray of diluted Neem Oil when dry; lice & mite dust in the nest boxes; treated the chickens etc but even with all of that and after no problems for 12 months, they are back this November.

    Luckily, I caught them early and nipped the infestation in the bud.
     
  6. roselerfarm

    roselerfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks @Teila I had no idea lice/mites could have an affect on their egg producing. Ive only had them roughly a month so haven't treated them for lice or worms. So I'll do that today even though I haven't seen any crawlies on them.
     
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    No problemo roselerfarm .. I am not saying that is the reason but this time of year it is good to be vigilant.

    Have you found the Aussie Thread yet? A few of us hang out in there and while BYC Rocks and is over flowing with great people with great advice, the Aussie Thread can be helpful in that it is more specific to our location, climate etc:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...-that-funny-little-island/25110#post_16099718
     
  8. parasapper

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    I had 5 now 4 RIR about 7 months old. They have been laying now for awhile. I was getting 3-5 eggs a day. I recently had a opossum kill and injured another about 2 weeks ago. I neutralized the problem and fixed the hole where it entered the run. The one injured hen is healing nicely. They are all back to normal but I only get 1 egg about every other day. Any reason for this or thoughts on how to fix?
     

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