She was laying and now she's not!!!

TheChicInnKeeper

Chirping
11 Years
Mar 10, 2008
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Miss Prissy laid 7 eggs about a month ago. We let her sit on them for over 21 days - just to be sure....
well, none of the eggs was fertile so we had to get rid of them.

She hasn't laid an egg since..... is this normal? Is she punishing us for taking away her babies?

Every day we check to no avail.

We have added two 7 week old Black sex link pullets and two 9 week old white leghorns.

They all get along fine, just no eggs.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
 

hcammack

Crowing
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Oct 5, 2007
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The 7 and 9 week olds are too young to lay but Missprissy probably just threw her laying cycle off.

Henry
 

TheChicInnKeeper

Chirping
11 Years
Mar 10, 2008
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Asheville, NC
So is there anything I can do to get her back on track?

I know it will be several months before the babies start laying but we were so excited that she was laying. Could adding them to the flock have upset her?

Cyndi
 

hcammack

Crowing
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I am not sure sorry may be adding them threw her off or being broody what breed is she?

Good Luck,
Henry
 

TheChicInnKeeper

Chirping
11 Years
Mar 10, 2008
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Asheville, NC
She is a banty hen - unsure of the breed. She's a very light beige with some blackish blue speckles here & there.
Body is simular to a leghorn hen, just quite a bit smaller.
I think there is a picture of her on my web page here.

Oh, well............... guess we'll keep on watching. Maybe when the babies start laying she'll start again.

Still haven't got to eat a single egg!!!! Darn!

Thanks!

Cyndi
 

Red

Songster
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Mar 17, 2007
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When our light sussex hen went broody, she hatched out 3 chicks and she didn't start laying again until they were 5 / 6 weeks old, when they were big enough to look after themselves. I think after a hen has been broody she doesn't lay for a number of weeks to allow her chicks to grow, but aren't sure...

It was funny though, she'd make the chicks all follow her into the nest box and sit with her until she had laid her egg, then they'd all troop back out again
 
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tvtaber

Songster
12 Years
Aug 2, 2007
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Just cleaning out my nest boxes will keep my hens from laying for a few days! Adding two new hens could certainly be the cause of her not laying. I think just giving her time to get settled in again is the key.
Vicki
 

Mrs MIA

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Mar 3, 2008
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It's normal for a hen to take some time off after being broody. Patience little grasshoppah, patience.


I thought fishing taught me patience, but after hatching eggs, I dunno...
 

TheChicInnKeeper

Chirping
11 Years
Mar 10, 2008
46
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Asheville, NC
Quote:I never thought about that - if the eggs HAD hatched she would have babies to take care of and have no time to sit on more eggs!!

Ya'll are so smart!!! I love this website!!

Thanks to all!

Cyndi
 

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