VERY STRANGE HENS!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15

    WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15 Out Of The Brooder

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    hi i live in west palm beach were it is very hot! but dont worrie i have a big fan running on them 24/7 and a light but i havent had one egg in almost 1 month know,,, and they were laying like crazy
    before but im so bafild what could cause this??? there is ants on the ground but i think they might be in the nest boxes so should i lift the nest boxes even higher off the ground or just wait till they start laying please help!thx:D
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It is not unusual for hens to stop laying in the heat of summer. Are they trying to molt?

    Clean out the nest boxes and get rid of the ants.
     
  3. WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15

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    i see my one bucky hen lossing feathers by her rump but the others all still have there feathers is this maybe becase there is a 5 moth old rooster with them???
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Loss of feathers could be from the rooster. Have you checked them for mites and lice?
     
  5. WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15

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    i didint know they could get those how can i treat them and how can i get them to use a new nest box will they or will they desagree with it???
     
  6. Kesta

    Kesta Pie Crust Malfunction

    Jul 31, 2008
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    how can you tell when your chicken will lay an egg mine are now 24 weeks old and still not laying
     

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