slacker hens ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ryansmommy83, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. ryansmommy83

    ryansmommy83 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2009
    southern california
    so Im back down to no eggs everyday from 6 hens ! i was getting between 2-3 a day and now nothing ! any ideas on how to jump start these slackers again !
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Are they free ranging? If so, they could be hiding them.
    What are their age(s)? Some chickens go thru a mini-moult in the 7 to 9 month old range. Hens usually stop laying during a moult. There will also be a moult around 18 months old.
    Other possibilities are their feed. They need layer pellets available all the time, plus oyster shell or other calcium supplement. If their diet gets really out of whack nutritionally, ex. from too many treats, that can also disrupt laying.
    Only other thing I can think of is an egg predator.
    Good luck.
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I agree with gritsar.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Are they getting enough water? Lack of sufficient water could stop them laying. Do you have an egg-eater? Anything happen to stress them out lately? Have you checked for mites or lice? Internal parasites like worms could cause them to stop laying. Have they changed their food consumption lately? If so, disease could be a culprit. Are they getting 14 hours of light a day?
  5. funkychickenowner

    funkychickenowner Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 30, 2008
    Sussex County NJ
    I just go in the coop at night when they are all there on the roosts and slap em' around a bit not too much just enough to get there attention then I show em' a soup pot and like magic box full of eggs next morning!!! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] JUST KIDDING!
  6. chick-e-chick

    chick-e-chick Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 21, 2008
    We have the same problem, we've only got three hens, two of them lay every day, never miss (even throughout the winter!) but one seems to only lay when she feels like it! They all have the same food, so it's not that there isn't enough grit as the othere two are fine! She's perfectly healthy, full of life so I can't see what the problem would be.

    A friend suggested that as we don't have a cockerel she may be adopting a male role? she's definitely more dominant than the other two and if you reach down to them, the two 'layers' will squat submissively but the non-layer won't! Could there be anything in that?
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas

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