Suddenly stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mylittlehippie, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. mylittlehippie

    mylittlehippie Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens have been steadily laying one egg a day for the last year when i got them from my cousin They are a few years old. Then about two months ago they all stopped. All of them. One kept on a bit after the others but then she stopped too. Their diet is the same, their run is unchanged. The only changes are cooler temps but not drastically i live in southern california and a maturing rooster. Could the too who is now 5 months old have effected them? They all get along fine. No fighting and he hasn't started attempting to breed or anything yet. What else could it be? Thanks!!
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine normally don't lay in the winter, the most I've gotten in a day from 15 hens has been 4 eggs. So it sounds normal to me.
     
  3. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not familiar with southern California but I would think the weather there would be plenty warm enough to not effect laying, the length of daylight hours could though, the shorter days could have triggered a moult. You could ad a light for a few weeks and see if that kicks their laying back in, I use a low watt compact fluorescent in a daylight spectrum to keep my hens going strong, I plan to shut the light down for a few weeks in early fall to see if they moult and to give them a break, we have always used lights and don't really notice any adverse effects on the birds, they still act like normal chickens. It will also help to feed added protein in cold weather, mine will start to eat their eggs if it drops into the negative temps below zero but in California you shouldn't have to worry about any temperature related issues. Always provide free choice oyster shells as well, I wasn't doing that because people on this forum were always saying if you feed layer you don't need it due to the added calcium is in the feed, well I wasn't getting near enough eggs from my hens and a week after adding the calcium feeder the egg production exploded as well as the birds looked far healthier, their combs reddened up nice and they regrew all their missing feathers and looked just wonderful.
     

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