why did my chickens stop laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jmetzger, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. jmetzger

    jmetzger Out Of The Brooder

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    I got my chickens in march. All was going well till just recently. They have stopped laying. Any idea why?
    Jeff from Baltimore, OH
     
  2. marymac

    marymac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are on strike, just like mine!! i told mine today, they weren't gona get to go outside and play any more till they start laying. And i mean't it.
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    When the days shorten then chickens lay fewer eggs. That is why some choose to add supplemental lighting during the winter- to increase egg production.
     
  4. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed of layers do you have?

    Stop completely?

    I expect adding some extra light of the morning might help you some [​IMG]

    Good luck
     
  5. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was surprised to find one of my 30 week old pullets is molting. She suddenly stopped laying 2 weeks ago. She had been a good layer until then. I picked her up the other day and discovered her back feathers are detaching & floating away. I wasn't expecting a molt this young. The other pullets have continued laying, though a little slower - but they all started later than she. So I posted on this forum, and was told that young pullets will have a "mini-molt" at 9 months old. Their first big molt is at 18 months. The one-year molt, I expected. The mini was new to me. Maybe yours are in a mini, too?
     
  6. jmetzger

    jmetzger Out Of The Brooder

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    I am embarresed to say that I am not quite sure what kind of chickens I have. I have one white rooster and 3 other kinds of chickens. I never got 3 eggs a day. The most eggs I got were two per day. Maybe one of the chickens is a rooster as well?? I had heard of the molting issue, but not quite sure how long this will last. I think I will introduce more light, extend the period of light, and see what happens.
    Thanks for all of your input.
    Jeff from Ohio
     

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