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Why would Coco stop laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BevLand, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. BevLand

    BevLand Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a question - why do you think that Coco (Black Cochin about 18 months) has only laid one egg since Pretty (Easter Egger age unknown) started laying Oct 5th? This was the first egg of Pretty's

    Pretty has laid 6 eggs in 7 days - Coco has lain one. Coco was laying about every other day, 4 a week. Nothing else has changed except Pretty is now laying. (I checked, Coco is not egg bound)
     
  2. izziebean

    izziebean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does she have access to any bushes or tall grass or a nice shady place in the garden or deck? Is there any way she is laying somewhere else now and hoarding them.. or rather saving them for when she goes broody?
     
  3. BevLand

    BevLand Out Of The Brooder

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    They are in a large run and coop, so she isn't out where she can hide them. I have just the 2 right now, adding another later this week.

    She seems healthy, and is eating, just seems curious that she stopped as soon as the other started. :)
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    18 months old...probably getting ready or has already started to molt.
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Ditto.
     
  6. BevLand

    BevLand Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone - I went out after work today to black feathers all over the coop - Although she still looks pretty full I think Coco has started a molt.
     
  7. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    That was going to be my guess. Hope she starts laying soon!
     
  8. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My experience has been that once they start molting, I won't see egg from those hen(s) for two to three months. Also, some molts are real obvious with lots of feather loss and other molts she's only a few feathers... But the time frame is about the same.
     
  9. BevLand

    BevLand Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. Good information
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2015

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