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Stopped laying at 1 year.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chelsitbdx, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. chelsitbdx

    chelsitbdx Out Of The Brooder

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    Is that normal? I have a Rhode Island Red that began laying promptly at 20 weeks old. Great layer. Like clockwork, when she made a year old we haven't seen 1 egg since. This is about 6 months now and I'm not sure what to do. No signs of parasites. Heavy, healthy hen.
     
  2. Braxton Brigade

    Braxton Brigade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Molt or lice. That's what I think of first off.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    What do you feed? Treats? If she free ranges, she may have taken to laying in hidden spots.
     
  4. chelsitbdx

    chelsitbdx Out Of The Brooder

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    They free range on and off, so no they aren't hidden. I kept them in the chicken yard for weeks just to watch her. This has been going on for such a while. I set up a deer cam for weeks. Nothing from her. So strange. No mites, either.
    They are fed Nutrina country feeds and i keep calcium readily available. They get dried meal worms maybe twice a week.
     
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  5. chelsitbdx

    chelsitbdx Out Of The Brooder

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    Any other guesses?
     
  6. Braxton Brigade

    Braxton Brigade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breeds are they?
     
  7. Braxton Brigade

    Braxton Brigade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this only the one RIR doing this?
     
  8. chelsitbdx

    chelsitbdx Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, everyone else is great.
     
  9. Braxton Brigade

    Braxton Brigade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Almost any illness can cause a bird to lay less.. however not laying at all suggests a issue within the reproductive tract of your RIR hen.

    I am leaning towards Lymphoid Leukosis or Colibacillosis within the reproductive tract, I will put some links for you to research both of them.
    Egg drop and fatty liver syndrome could also cause symptoms similar to your girl.


    http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/poultry/neoplasms/lymphoid_leukosis_in_poultry.html
    The "diagnosis" portion will offer the most insight on there.

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/3378/colibacillosis-in-layers-an-overview/
    Look at #4 on there, it mentions it being within the reproductive tract.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    ......and some birds are just 'lemons'.
    Could be a myriad of things....bad genetics, infection that shut down ovary but didn't affect overall health of bird, some other 'disease'.
    You may never know, unless you slaughter her for meat and see what's what inside...maybe not even then.
     

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