stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by singinfree, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. singinfree

    singinfree New Egg

    Jun 27, 2008
    My 2.5 year old astlorps have stopped laying is this normal are they at the end of there egg laying life and also my 6 9 month old golden comets are only laying a few eggs per week any thoughts

  2. TinyBirds

    TinyBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2009
    Don't worry - I think it's just this time of year. Mine aren't laying much either right now. If you want to try and get them to lay more (if you need more eggs) then you could put a light in the coop with a timer so they're only getting 10 hrs of dark max each night. It's good for them to have some dark time, but without 14 hrs of light they start laying less. I haven't tried the lights since we don't really eat that many eggs anyway and it's nice for them to have a break from laying. The older birds are likely molting, so they stop laying eggs to put all their energy into growing new feathers.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2010
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    What TinyBirds said

    At 2 1/2 yo those hens are going to start slowing down. That's about the age. They won't stop laying just lay less.
    I have a 5+yo GLW that still lays the occasional egg.


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