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Very young Hen totally stopped laying, why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KIDDSBANTAMS, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. KIDDSBANTAMS

    KIDDSBANTAMS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a young hen she is probably 6 months old, it is a mottled Japanese. She started laying about 2 months ago and she laid for about 2 weeks and then she just stopped all together. It has been 2 months and nothing, she is very healthy, she gets plenty of sunshine, grass, high protein crumbles, corn, grit and daily treats. I don't get it, never had this happen before. Anyone have an idea what could be wrong? Thanks
     
  2. KIDDSBANTAMS

    KIDDSBANTAMS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry I need help so I bumped this back up, Thanks
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Only the very few, commercially bred pullets will lay 330+ eggs per year. Still even those hens, thus, take 35 or more days off per year. The average first year pullet will lay far, far less, perhaps only 230 egg per year and thus take over 135 days off per year.

    This is especially noticeable during the autumn when the day light hours are greatly reduced. It's ok.
     
  4. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Many hens stop laying when it's too hot... Many hens stop laying when it's too cold. Almost all hens will stop laying if they don't feel good or have worms or mites. (Have you checked for mites around her vent (butt/egg canal), under her "armpits"). Have you wormed, when, with what? Is your entire flock 6 months old.. are all your pullets or all your chickens young?

    It seems my Easter Eggers stop laying at the drop of a hat... I have one that has not layed in two or three months, but she's fine otherwise. I am worming now and will see if she starts up again... if not.. well.. I love my chickens, but keep them for eggs and I will have to cull her if she doesn't start laying again, feed is just too expensive.

    Some of my young hens, the 5 to 6 month old ones started laying, had some soft eggs, some small but "regular" eggs, then stopped laying, started again after a couple of weeks, stopped a few days, etc... so.. there can be stops and starts with young ones. Just as long as she feels good and is not sitting on a nest and not laying... if that is happening she may be eggbound. Check her vent for any abnormalities, rub her stomach under and around the vent, see if you feel an egg inside (careful not to break it).

    Use the search here for lots of info on any symptom or subject... like worming with Valbazen. Laying Pellets. Eggbound. Stopped laying. Etc. I assume you have looked up Molted Japanese to see their breed traits, what kind of weather they tolerage best, what type and kind of eggs they lay, whether they are good or poor layers, Etc.

    Good luck.
     
  5. KIDDSBANTAMS

    KIDDSBANTAMS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My flock consists of all ages from day olds to 3 years olds. I do have her in a coop with younger chickens, she is the one that is old enough to lay in her coop. It is so strange why she started and then has not laid again for 2 months. She does not have mites/lice, don't think she has worms but I can always worm her and see if that helps. I just hope she starts up again soon. Thanks
     
  6. KIDDSBANTAMS

    KIDDSBANTAMS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wanted to post an update and see if there are more answers out there. The young hen is still not laying, what can make her lay a few eggs and then completey stop for months. It makes no sense to me because she is fed the same as all others we have, any ideas could help. Thanks
     
  7. Schwartzfarmnc

    Schwartzfarmnc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I understand your frustration, I also have a 7 month old that stopped laying after 2 full months of nice eggs. I feed her extra protein in the forms of BOSS, meal worms and eggs, she was wormed prior to her stopping and if she molted she never lost any feathers that I could attribute to her, so we waited and made sure she was eating enough and such. 2 days ago she began laying again, so don't give up, I think they just wanted a break or maybe a mini molt but she stopped for approx. 6 weeks and now is laying on schedule like she was before. I have another that is in a mini molt also but she is still not laying and probably will not begin again before spring.
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I've had pullets quit laying and go through very minor molts. I have a pullet that hatched 1/1 and she quit laying.
     

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