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Shrinking combs? No eggs?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cuttlefishherder, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. Cuttlefishherder

    Cuttlefishherder Songster

    May 24, 2010
    Tucson AZ
    Our flock is made up of a few ages, 14 15 month old hens just going in to molt looking fabulously funny, a 1 year old leg horn, and then a whole bunch of 6,7, and 8 month old pullets that started laying. But we've been noticing a strange change in a our chickens, several months before our older hens started molting they stopped laying eggs, we went from between 7 to 9 eggs a day, to a 3 or so, to none a day. We left the reason to molting, so when our pullets started laying a few months later we were ecstatic to have a full egg bin again, there were any where from 4 to 10 eggs scattered through out the chicken yard and the coop a day, but that lasted about two weeks, and their egg laying dwindled back down to nothing.

    Then, our mean little black leg horn, she was the prettiest bird, because she was fast and quick enough to get away from our mean older hens, started to lose her shine, and her enormous comb that made her look like a roo (because it never fell over) started shrinking. Now we know that she isn't molting yet and she stopped laying eggs with out older hens months ago. Now our other leg horn pullets whose combs grown out and flopped over, now their combs are shrinking along with our ee and our senior rr, and no one has layed an egg since about late September.

    If any one can help that wold be much appreciated, and our chicken breeds are

    Rhode Island Red+3
    Barred Rocks+3
    Black and white Leghorns+3
    Black Australorp+1
    White Cochin+1
    Buff Orphington+1
    Red sex links+2
    Cuckoo Maranns+3

  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    What kind of feed are you giving? What is the protein percentage on the bag?
    Are you feeding scratch too? Any treats also?

    I am worried about protein levels in the feed. Making eggs takes a LOT of protein.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    It's most likely a combination of the molt and the shortening day length. If all other behaviors are normal, and you are feeding a proper laying diet all will return to normal. Adding artificial lighting to extend their day will hasten the process.

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