two year old, daily egg layer stopped laying???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sturek, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. sturek

    sturek New Egg

    Aug 14, 2010
    I adopted two 2-year old chickens in mid-July that laid eggs daily. At first, they continued to lay, almost daily. Now, one has stopped laying completely, and the other one lays one egg every five days. What did I do? I also have 3 teenager chicks growing rapidly, and a hen that is almost 6 months. The hens all get along pretty well. I am feeding them layer crumble, some scratch, veggie and fruit clippings (watermelon, green pepper, lettuce, etc., no citrus), and they eat lots of insects around the yard. I'm new to having hens, so is there anything I did to impact the egg-laying? Is there anything I should be doing differently - diet, "free range time," etc.? Many thanks.
  2. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

    Jun 23, 2009
    not sure what it could be. if i remember right my 7 game hens stopped laying this time last year, and now they have stopped again, maybe they are season layers -- not sure, but a thought.
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Have they begun moulting?
  4. sturek

    sturek New Egg

    Aug 14, 2010
    yes, I just noticed today a bunch of feathers from the hen who has stopped laying. Will she not lay at all during molting? how long does molting last? she is about 2 years. Will she start laying again? I noticed that she prefers to stay in the coop, rather than come out and free range in the yard.
    thank so much!
  5. FrizzlesRule

    FrizzlesRule Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2009
    Sounds like she is mouting. Hens usually don't lay during their moults. Need that energy to grow new feathers. They usually take about two months to moult and some will start laying again. Others may wait till the Spring. If she is healthy, she should lay again.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2010
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Yes, she's molting. She needs all her energy to regrow feathers, so she won't lay until after all the feathers have grown back in and her body is ready. But on the plus side, if this is her first molt, the eggs may get bigger when she starts laying again. You can give her extra protein (cooked eggs, meat scraps, etc) to help her along.

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