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Seems totally healthy and happy, but stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Erin K, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. Erin K

    Erin K Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nancy started laying a few weeks ago. Laid GREAT for two weeks. Then she just stopped. It has been a week and no eggs. She seems totally fine. Happy, talking at me a bunch, letting us pick her up, eating fine.

    I'm ok with the no eggs, but I just want some confirmation that this can be an ok thing to happen?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    That does happen in the autumn, as our daylight hours begin to shorten. See, chickens really need a good 14 hours of daylight to lay eggs. Here in Ohio, it's getting dark very early now--around 6:30, so I have lights in my coop. I turn them on around 7am, and I turn them off around 8:30 or 9:00 pm.
     
  3. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    First year pullets often will lay right on through the first winter if they start laying in the fall. Also, whether or not they'll lay in the winter depends on breed and where you are. I mean, some places just get more daylight than others. And some breeds dont' seem greatly affected by the lessening of sunlight in winter.

    All that said, only one of my older buff orpingtons was laying this fall and now that ones gone broody. [​IMG] One wasn't laying, molted, then started, then stopped. One layed all summer like clockwork, and now she's molting. Then the broody. Good thing I have others laying or I'd have to buy eggs. The ones that are laying are first year pullet orps and I'm not giving them any additional light.
     

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