some of my chickens stopped laying eggs.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by princepounds, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. princepounds

    princepounds New Egg

    Nov 20, 2014
    aba in abia state, Nigeria
    what can i do some of
    my chickens stopped laying eggs. i started raising them on January 2014 and the start laying eggs on July. the are 30 in number but some has stopped laying .and some haven't even started laying.
  2. misfitmorgan

    misfitmorgan Ordure Heir

    Nov 20, 2014
    Mikado, Mi
    Hello Prince I'm new to this forum too but i can help you out.Most chicken breeds as far as i know and experience with my own chickens, stop laying eggs in the winter. When exactly they stop and when they start again depends a lot on the breed, age and just the chicken itself. There are some tricks you can do to try to keep them laying year round but they are generally not cost effective for a small scale for personal egg consumption. Try search something like "Getting chicken to lay in the winter" or "Make chickens lay year round." I know the forum has some threads on winter and lighting for laying longer but i havnt read those myself.

    There are other reasons depending on where you live and alot of stuff this thread that twocrows linked to another new user has alot of reasons why they might have stopped laying.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2014
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Hens can stop laying for a number of reasons. Temperature change, lack of light, bullying, lack of food, water or calcium, molting, etc. They also could be hiding their eggs if they free range.

    Make sure they have either eggshells or oyster shells. These provide them the calcium their bodies need. An eggshell is roughly 94% calcium. They also need access to clean, fresh water and food.

    Molting can also make them stop. This it the time of year when they lose and regrow their feathers. Give them lots of protien. Peas, meat scraps, mealworms, quinoa and cooked eggs all have protein.

    Lack of light and temp change also contribute to egg production. Hens need 16 hours of light a day to lay eggs. They also lay best when the temps range from 50- 75 degrees.

    Good luck!
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! The other posters have given you some good links to check out on why your hens may not be laying, good luck with your flock.
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Yes, this time of year, chickens can stop laying for many reasons. The above posters have given you some great advice and definitely follow that link to the Why My Chickens Aren't Laying thread. Lots of helpful ideas on why they stop.

    Good luck and I hope you start to see some eggs soon!
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
  7. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined the flock
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  10. princepounds

    princepounds New Egg

    Nov 20, 2014
    aba in abia state, Nigeria
    thanks for making me understand

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