several of my hens stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by eggsintheglen, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. eggsintheglen

    eggsintheglen New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Oct 22, 2015
    So, I've got 7 newer hens that I've added to my existing flock of six back in the spring. They're approaching nine months now. They all started laying sporadically between 5 1/2 and 6 months and quickly hit their stride, each laying daily. Suddenly, at 7 months, two of them stopped. completely. Not a single egg for two months now. A third bird gave me a few more and then followed suit. The other new ones continued to lay away daily. With the shorter days, production is waning in general, but all the others are still laying regularly. I've caught the non-layers in the boxes on occasion, but never an egg.

    Any thoughts as to why this might happen? They're too young to molt, correct?

    My run is pretty secure, i don't think it's a pest issue. I've spent entire days in the vicinity (my garden is right there) keeping a watchful eye and have never seen anything. Likewise, i don't think hens are eating them or I'd have noticed. I've come to the conclusion that they've just stopped laying.

    They don't appear stressed, They're midway in the pecking order. I did end up with two roosters instead of the one i was hoping for, so I've got a little more rooster than i need for 13 hens, but again, no one seems stressed.

    Is this uncommon? Any ideas to get them going again?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    65,271
    13,383
    786
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] What breeds are the non laying birds, and are they the same breed as the birds that are still laying?
     
  3. eggsintheglen

    eggsintheglen New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Oct 22, 2015
    All three araucana. they were giving me beautiful green/blue eggs, the only reason i know it's them. the other new ones are barred rock (2) and buff orpington (2), and they are laying away.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    65,271
    13,383
    786
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Araucanas, Ameraucanas, Easter Eggers have all been selected more for egg color instead of maximum production. Generally they do not lay as many eggs a year as the high production birds, but may continue to lay for a greater number of years. I think what you are seeing is nothing more than a breed specific trait.
     
  5. eggsintheglen

    eggsintheglen New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Oct 22, 2015
    Ok, thanks. I guess i had read that they wouldn't be quite the producers that the other varieties i got were, but between the three of them, not one egg in two months? I thought maybe something else was going on...
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by