Pullet hasn't laid for more than 2 months, can't figure it out?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Daloorashens, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. Daloorashens

    Daloorashens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an OE pullet that started laying a cute little olive egg the first part of July and laid almost everyday for about 5 weeks. The last week that she laid the eggs got lighter until the last one was robin blue. Haven't seen an egg since (from her).
    She doesn't act sick, eats well, isn't at the bottom of the pecking order, no mites that I can see, doesn't seem to be egg-bound and her comb is nice and red. I have other hens that are laying regularly, so I'm pretty sure there hasn't been a sickness or something going through the flock... She isn't even checking out the nest boxes anymore, would love to hear opinions about what might be going on with her?
     
  2. Daloorashens

    Daloorashens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I should probably give this a bump in the morning, since it's late on the east coast and many of you fellow-bycer's are over there=)
     
  3. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she could be molting. It could be a mild molt so that there is not a lot of feathers around. Other than that I do not know
     
  4. Daloorashens

    Daloorashens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's young, she was hatched early this year, so I wasn't expecting a molt??

    Still looking for any other ideas...
     
  5. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My guess is that her genetic make up was probably not from the best layers. She may just be one to take breaks from laying.
     
  6. Daloorashens

    Daloorashens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting thought,... I didn't realize they would take that long of a break.... I'm still really hoping she starts laying again before winter...
     
  7. Daloorashens

    Daloorashens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Giving this another bump...
     
  8. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm betting shes moulting. If shes a slow moulter, she may be moulting for a long time and not start laying until its completed. I have one hen that hasnt laid in over a month and just now can tell shes moulting.
    Also, are you feeding her a complete diet? Is she getting enough calcium? Or is she possibly hiding eggs somewhere? just some thoughts from personal experience.
     
  9. Daloorashens

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    She's on the same diet at the other birds that are laying, and there's not anywhere for her to hide them, I've wondered about that, too.... She was born this year, would she really molt already?
     
  10. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a good article about moulting: http://poultrykeeper.com/general-chickens/chickens-moulting
    Young pullets will have small moults a couple times during their growth period. Then usually they fully moult when 13-18 months old. Moulting can take 6 weeks or longer. Purebreeds tend to take longer with moulting then mixed breeds. If they look healthy I would just hold in there and maybe supplement with some Black Sunflower Seeds (BOSS) for extra protein. Hope that helps. Maybe someone else will chime in with some additional ideas
     
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