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Why Did 1 Hen Stop Laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by J&J's Girls, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. J&J's Girls

    J&J's Girls Out Of The Brooder

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    Good day all,
    I have a rather odd situation happening here. We had 2 laying hens. Our Red is 8months+ and lays everyday! However, our barred rock, 6 months, is apparently on egg strike. I am aware that hens slow in the winter, but stop all together? They are both healthy, eating, drinking, and ranging around the yard fine. We introduced a new Australorp hen, 5 months, after her quarantine and the BR stopped since that day (9 total days.)

    Is she not laying becuase of winter and then the added stress of a new bird? Or I possibly thought that with the new bird still young and not laying that the BR's hormone's shut off and the 2 might start together?

    They have access to a high protein layer pellets and greens all day everyday. Should a calcium supplement be added?

    Thanks for everyones input and advise in advance!
    3 hens 1 egg a day?
     
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  2. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    Is she going thru a moult? Tis the season for it. Mine all stopped for theirs.
     
  3. J&J's Girls

    J&J's Girls Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Nope not moulting. [​IMG]
     
  4. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    J&J's Girls :

    Quote:Nope not moulting. [​IMG]

    Hmmm then I just don't know , but I don't think adding a new hen would have stopped her, Has she already moulted for the winter then, maybe she is just beginning it ?? My two sexlinks lay longer than anyone else, even during the beginning parts of the molt but then stop when it gets deeper into the molt. 2 of my cuckoo Marans layed this morning but they just got over their molts. Also the daylight hrs and the temp effects different breeds and different chickens within a breed differently. Hmmm

    I'm willing to bet it is either she is starting her molt or its been too cold for her.​
     
  5. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    What kind of chicken is your Red Production Red? or Red sexlink or a RIR??
     
  6. J&J's Girls

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    Thanks for your input, She isn't moulting, that's for sure. I think she is still do young, I am under the impression chickens don't moult till they are 1 full season old? I'm shooting in the dark here thought I read that somewhere.[​IMG]
    Anyway...LOL

    It has been unaveragely cold here, temps in the low single digits, I'm sure that has something to do with it.

    She has been exploring the nest boxes the last few days and is in there right now with our Red! Maybe my prayers are answered and I'll be proven a worry wort![​IMG]
     
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  7. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    J&J's Girls :

    Thanks for your input, She isn't moulting, that's for sure. I think she is still do young, I am under the impression chickens don't moult till they are 1 full season old? I'm shooting in the dark here thought I read that somewhere.[​IMG]
    Anyway...LOL

    It has been unaveragely cold here, temps in the low single digits, I'm sure that has something to do with it.

    She has been exploring the nest boxes the last few days and is in there right now with our Red! Maybe my prayers are answered and I'll be proven a worry wort![​IMG]

    best of luck to ya ! I hope she starts laying for ya soon. We're all worry warts when it comes to our Pets!​
     
  8. J&J's Girls

    J&J's Girls Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:she is a RIR
     
  9. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    J&J's Girls :

    Quote:she is a RIR

    Ok, I got that after I posted sorry. I read your signature line alittle too late sorry. [​IMG]
     
  10. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    J&J's Girls :

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    Is she not laying becuase of winter and then the added stress of a new bird? ...

    You nailed it.

    Think about the stress you would have if your employer hired a new person you knew nothing about and they came to live with you.

    Same with chickens when someone new comes into the flock.​
     

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