Pullet laid for two weeks then stopped...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 1littlefarmer, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. 1littlefarmer

    1littlefarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a pullet around 22 weeks old who started laying at about 19 1/2 weeks. She laid every day for two weeks straight (although never in the nest box), laid a GIANT double yolker, then a soft shelled egg, and now nothing for about 4 days. I know pullets can go through some variations in their egg laying but is there something I should be double checking to make sure she's ok?
     
  2. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as she has plenty of food and water I wouldnt worry too much just yet. Do you give them oyster shell/calcium supplements? and is there anywhere she could be laying and hiding them from you?

    If your really worried, pick her up and feel around her butt (pleasant sounding [​IMG]) she might have an egg stuck, but if she feels normal, and she looks healthy, just wait it out I reckon.
     
  3. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    Same thing has just happened to my 22 week old pullet. She was the first layer of the flock, at a little more than 19 weeks. She started laying and laid either double yolkers or small single yolk eggs - perfect little VERY tough-shelled & thick-membraned - for almost 2 weeks on a daily basis. Now she's stopped, as of 3 days ago. Today, I tried to feel her, without hurting her. But I can't figure out what an egg inside her body would feel like to me. [​IMG] So, can someone describe it?
     
  4. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    Nevermind. She finally laid an egg this afternoon -- a teensy wrinkled egg without much color and thinly shelled with a "bald spot" on the thicker end. wierd.
     

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