Why did she stop laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jeepers210, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. jeepers210

    jeepers210 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 21, 2010
    Hanover PA
    I built a larger coop almost two months ago so my six girls coud spread out a bit. They seem to have all adapted pretty well. They have all been laying pretty consistant except one. She ( red sex link) looks healthy eats well interact with the others but hasnt layed an egg in over two months. I take that back. She layed one egg about a month ago and the shell was really thin ang a much lighter brown than normal. I thought it was kinda funny when she layed that egg because her best bud was sitting next to her in the nesting box. It was almost like she was helping her. Nothing since then. I have noticed what seem to be just busted yolks in the nesting box several times. I know it's cold here in PA and I have a 250w heat lamp that runs from 4pm-12am and from 4am to 7am. The food is the same Layina pellets. Will she ever lay again??
  2. DTRM30

    DTRM30 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Did she start to molt ? between a molt and the cold weather, that could be part of the problem. Their bodies take a natural break during the winter and they won't lay as much unless you keep a light on in the coop to simulate longer daylight hours.
    Otherwise, not sure what could be doing it. Normally just stress/molt/winter from my experience anyway.

    Are you sure she's not laying ? Maybe the colder weather less daylight has them all laying a bit less so you're just not getting as many as over the summer ?

    Maybe you have an egg eater - I've got one and if I don't get the eggs everyday, they'll eat a few of them. DOn't know which one, though - or it could be all of them. Who knows.

    If she's healthy - not much else you can do.
  3. jeepers210

    jeepers210 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 21, 2010
    Hanover PA
    I didnt even think about the molting. I think she did. So that means what? When will she stary laying? As you can tell, Im new to chickens but I love those crazy girls. Thank so much!
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    They do not lay when they are molting. It takes all their energy to regrow the feathers. You can increase protein to help get them through it quicker, either with a higher protein feed, cat food, fish, tuna, meat scraps, Black Oil Sunflower seeds, etc.
  5. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Theres a sticky at the top of this forum with answers to that very question.

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