- Jan 18, 2012
I have a bantam hen that I separated out from the flock (with a bantam rooster) to breed so I can hatch her eggs. They've been in a tractor for a good 2 months now. I'm waiting until we get back from vacation to gather her eggs. Anyway, about a week ago she just stopped laying. She has plenty of feed, fresh water, occasional hen scratch, and green grass. She's not molting. (At least I don't think she is, I haven't seen any missing feathers.) The rooster isn't mating her too much. (I actually haven't seen him mate her at all, which was my only concern until she stopped laying.) She has a clean nesting box. Her eyes are bright and her comb is very red. I have no idea why she isn't laying. I live in Texas, but it's not been very hot recently, the hottest it's been in the last couple weeks was about 88 (F), I think. I gave her some electrolytes yesterday, but she's acting and looking totally normal. All my other hens are laying. Any ideas?