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She started then stopped

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Samjoe, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. Samjoe

    Samjoe Out Of The Brooder

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    I wanted to run this by y'all to see what you think. I have 4 RSLs that are 21 weeks old. Only one is laying . The other 3 don't seem quite ready. Not much of a comb and no squatting. I'm not too worried about them they seem fine. The other is Gladys , she has a big red comb and is squatting,she started laying pretty ,small clean eggs,about one every other day for about 12 days. After that she has stopped,it's been 6 days now since she laid an egg. They are on nutrena all flock because I have 2 BR pullets that are 15 weeks. I have oyster shell free choice.I can't see any evidence that she's tried the oyster shell.I was going to finish this bag then go to layer feed.
    Should I be worried about her with this long delay? I just examined her and she seems fine. I felt her bottom and can't feel anything unusual. All my pullets are shiny clean and happy.
     
  2. mortie

    mortie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds fairly normal, although disappointing. I completely understand. I also only have one laying and if there's not an egg from her in the box it kinda casts a dark cloud over my whole day. I think your girl is ok, from what you've said here.
     
  3. nuttyboo

    nuttyboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure she's stopped is there any chance she's got a hidden nest while out free ranging?
     
  4. Samjoe

    Samjoe Out Of The Brooder

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    No they don't get out much unsupervised. I have too many predators to let them out without me watching them. I lost 2 early summer and am still a little gun shy. Plus they destroy my tomatoes.
     
  5. nuttyboo

    nuttyboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's not unusual for new layers to go days in between laying, if her abdomen and vent area are normal not distended or hard. She's eating drinking acting like a chicken I wouldn't worry it takes time for them to get the links worked out
     
  6. Samjoe

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    8 days now,still no egg. I checked her again today and she seems fine. I also gave the coop a good look for signs of a snake or skunk. Everything seems normal. I'm not worried about the eggs,just want to be sure she's ok. She's my favorite chicken.
     
  7. cblakley0531

    cblakley0531 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a feeling I'm starting to board the same boat with you. My favorite hen started laying. Week ago, she gave me three eggs but hasn't the last three days. I feel like she's not touching her free choice oyster shells :(
     
  8. Samjoe

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    13 days no egg. I'm going to put a grocery store egg in the nest box. I don't see any evidence of egg eating though.
     
  9. Samjoe

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    Okay! I took a grocery store egg down and wouldn't you know it she laid today. 14 days this lady took off ,we'll see what future holds.
     

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