Stopped Laying!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Pupsnpullets, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls had just started laying well and now they've stopped! The weather is the same, the food is the same though I'm giving them cabbage leaves I got from the market the other day, their water is changed daily so I'm at a loss to account for it. This has happened over the last 4 days and they've dropped by 75%!

    Any suggestions?

    Barb
     
  2. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    I'm sorry, thats is really a bummer!
    How many girls do you have? How old are they? Any signs of a molt?
     
  3. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 pullets and 1 older hen. They started laying about a month ago and I was getting 2 and 3 a day up until late last week and over the weekend I was getting 4. I have had 1 a day since Monday and it's not the same one laying. In fact, the think it's accurate to say that each girl has only laid one egg in 5 days!

    Maybe my food is bad (looks ok) or perhaps the protein levels aren't high enough. I've heard when it gets hotter they need more protein. How much is ideal? Our temps are in the high 80's at the moment - which does not qualify at hot by any means!

    Barb
     
  4. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    i dont think its the food.i think they are taking turns laying.maybe they will lay more as the weather warms up.
     
  5. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks, Wynedot, but it's already 88F so the temps shouldn't be a problem yet.

    Barb
     
  6. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    ok the temps are plenty warm for them to lay.so that has me stumped as to why they quit laying.could they be hiding their eggs.
     
  7. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:I really don't know . I always thought when weather would really HEAT UP , they may reduce the laying . MAYBE , MAYBE NOT .
    I have 6 hens , and ONLY 3 are laying so far . I guess won't be long before the other 3 start dropping .... BUT some days , I only pick 1 egg , and the next day I pick 3 , and they were laying more in late afternoon . WEIRD huh ? I just went outside to give more water , and I brought them about 6 slices of bread . WELL , LOW AND BEHOLD , one HEN seen the bread [​IMG]
    [​IMG] , AND DARN if she DID NOT lay and egg , right then and there . MAN , should of brought the WHOLE LOAF of bread ......... LOL
     
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