Tomato Plants - why won't my chickens lay eggs?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by gemma1986, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. gemma1986

    gemma1986 Hatching

    Oct 28, 2013
    About a year ago my 3 chickens all of sudden stopped laying eggs completely. At the time I thought this was just down to the winter months kicking in, however the egg production didn’t start again in the spring. With still no sign of a single egg from November – May I thought the chickens were too old to lay anymore and gave them away to a local farmer. (Even though they were only 2 years old at the time) There were no obvious signs of illness.
    Between May and September the house and cooped remained empty. I disinfected the house and cleaned the feeders and drinkers.
    At the end of September I bought 4 new, different breeds of chickens from a local pet shop and were told they were 26 weeks old.
    After having them just 2 days, I got my first egg and was very pleased. However it is now the end of October and I am yet to have egg number 2!!

    I’ve been doing a lot of research into what the problem could be. I first thought the house might have mites/lice. So I again disinfected the house, and treated the birds, coop and house with mite killing powder. (Although I have never seen any signs of mites)
    I have also been treating the ground with nontoxic powder to kill off any harmful bacterial.

    The chickens are feed layers pellets and have 2 containers of fresh water. In the last few weeks I have stopped feeding them vegetable peelings from the house, to encourage them to eat more layers pellets. I also don’t feed them corn. I have been adding a few drops of “tonic” into their water to give them extra vitamins.

    I’ve just done some more research today and found out that tomato plant leaves are poisonous to chickens. Whilst the coop was empty between May and September a number of large tomato plants grew, which my new chickens ate all the leaves off.
    Some of the chicken poo is normal, however some of the chicken poo is diarrhoea. (This began the first day I had them)
    Is it the tomato plants that are stopping my chickens from laying? Now the leaves have been eaten will they eventually start to lay? How long will I need to wait? Is the ground in the coop toxic to them now because tomato plants recently grew there? Do I need to dig up the roots? Should I move my chickens to a different location? Or is there another reason why my chickens don’t want to lay anymore?

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    What is the non-toxic powder that kills bacteria on the ground?
    What 'tonic' are you adding to the water?
    Are you adding light to the coop?
    What time of day do you let them out?
    What breeds were your other flock and what breeds do you have now?
    I have tomatoes all around the runs and I rotate one of the pens over beds that had tomatoes in them and it's had no ill effects.

    Gout is one thing I would think about. If you are feeding layer feed to birds that aren't laying eggs then the excess calcium will overload the kidneys.

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

  5. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve. :frow
  6. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

    Jul 22, 2013
    A lot of times people will be wrong about the ages, I'd personally stop giving them layer feed until they start laying. The feed itself will not cause the chickens to lay so its pointless and can cause them heath problems. Welcome to the site
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC!

  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California

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