What could be wrong

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rancher hicks, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Frenchy my bantam Frizzle hasn't laid in a few days. She seems ok in every respect but even though I've found her in the nest box a couple of days there is no egg. I haven't found evidence of an egg in the yard either. I've seperated her and another pullet to a pen by themselves. The pullet is a CM/Frenchy cross but not laying yet.

    She doesn't seem distressed or anything. She has gone broody twice but is not broody either. She has a mating wound on her side that is scabbed over which is another reason I've moved her. I will be keeping her by herself or with another bird for a while. Probably til spring.

    Any idea why no egg? She's been a good layer. 3-4 per week maybe more.
     
  2. FrizzleFreak

    FrizzleFreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    How old is she? What's the weather been like?

    I wouldn't worry too much as long as she's not showing signs of egg-binding. Sometimes the girls just want to take a break!
     
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any signs of a molt? That can slow them down.
     
  4. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its September, your in the northeast, the daylight is changing and she likely is going into a molt.
    Just keep an eye on her. If she starts to molt increase the protien in her diet. She will be fine.
     
  5. rcentner

    rcentner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    rancher....it's been pretty hot the last few days, maybe she was too hot? Also, I do have a few that are molting right now. Lookin terrible and haven't laid in a bit now. I found that my young ones, that this is there 1st molt are earlier than the others. Plus I have 2 roosters molting right now. Hopefully it's 1 of those things, have you felt to see if she is egg bound? I suppose it couldn't hurt to soak her in some water even if that turns out not to be the problem. (just make sure she's dry and warm since it's pretty chilly outside)
     
  6. Tinkspirit70

    Tinkspirit70 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My cochin girls did the same thing, for about 1 week they stopped laying and I couldnt figure out why until half way into the second week they started molting, look like someone had a pillow fight in my coop :eek:) oh and One of the hens decided to go broody but with no eggs, I hope this helps ease your mind some
     
  7. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    thanks folks.
    Frenchy is a hatchery girl and two years this Feb. I couldn't tell if she's molting cuz I've seperated her before that darn roo has her completely bald. She and Buckwheat are together. Buckwheat is another hen. Not yet laying, or did I say that already?
     

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