Young Easter Egger Has Stopped Laying - Why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by zephyr66, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. zephyr66

    zephyr66 Songster

    Oct 5, 2009
    Parthenon, Arkansas
    I posted this a bit back but didn't get much of a response, so I'm gonna try again and give more info.

    I have an Easter Egger about 8 months old and I've had her since 3 months old. She started laying about a month ago and way laying about 3 eggs a week. But, she stopped almost 2 weeks ago and I haven't had anything. She seems active, and normal. The temps are ideal here in So. California and my other birds are all laying. I use a good organic feed and have oyster shell available. They are in a large run most of the time so there is no way she can be "hiding" her eggs somewhere. There are no mites as the other birds would have them, too.

    Is this normal for a new layer to stop for a while? Any idea why she has stopped laying? I miss my pretty blue eggs.

  2. chickenlover96

    chickenlover96 Chirping

    Mar 3, 2011
    shes mostlkly just molting
  3. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    I have the same problem with one of my girls, a Black Australorp. Didn't get much response to my post either..... I would LOVE to know why and if there is anything we can do. I don't think mine is motling.... I hope we but get some ideas this time [​IMG]
  4. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Songster

    Sep 4, 2008
    I don't know the answer, but I have an EE who is going on two years old, who is perfectly healthy and happy, but has never laid an egg in her entire life.

    Yet she has a great personality, and she brightens up the chicken yard, so we won't cull her.
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    My EEs are the most unreliable layers in my flock. Fortunately for them, they lay the most lovely colored eggs and are such dingbats that I keep them around more for their charm than their laying. It has been my observation that my EEs respond to stress more than the other birds in the flock. They are just flightier birds than everyone else. The slightest thing will put them off laying for a few days. I try to keep their stress levels down as a result. I don't know if this applies to your birds or not, but that's simply my observations of my flock.

    Good luck.
  6. chickenlover98

    chickenlover98 Songster

    Jul 21, 2008
    Hmm, I have an EE hen who lays very well in the summer, but quits in the winter, but even in part of last summer, she quit laying. I too love her charm, so we won't cull her.
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  7. WhetzelMomma

    WhetzelMomma Songster

    Sep 8, 2009
    My Ameraucana was the first to stop laying this winter, and she JUST laid an egg yesterday. THE WORST of my egg layers. Eggs are pretty, but I'll never get another one. She went for about 3 months without an egg. The other gals stopped too, but not for as long, and most of them were at least laying every couple days or so... not stopping completely.
  8. EssexGirl

    EssexGirl In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2011
    My EE stopped laying for a few weeks and I think it was after we introduced a couple of new hens. They overtook her in the pecking order and I didn't realize for a while - thought she was maybe sick, as her cheek feathers looked tatty. Then I figured out she was getting picked on by the others. After a while she started laying again - wasn't molting, wasn't sick, she just stopped and then she started again. Could it be something like that? She has such a quiet, gentle nature, I feel sorry for her getting bullied.
  9. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    I have 3 bantam EE's and they lay great I know that my one Ameracuana laid late and was the 1st to stop in winter. I was kind of glad due to not having egg laying issue's like some of the other breeds I have read about.
  10. zephyr66

    zephyr66 Songster

    Oct 5, 2009
    Parthenon, Arkansas
    thanks, everyone. well, i guess it's the EE mystery and i can only hope she will pick it up again soon!

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