Young hen hasn't laid since Sunday

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Curlyginger, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. Curlyginger

    Curlyginger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My young EE hen, Feather, started laying about 6 weeks ago and is now about 25 weeks. She has pretty consistently laid about 5 eggs a week since she started. She seems healthy - she is perky and eating and drinking. BUT - she has not laid an egg since Sunday morning. It is now Wednesday night. My other two laying hens have continued to lay regularly.

    I checked her for egg binding, and while she didn't seem egg bound, I gave her a warm bath, greased up her vent, and kept her inside for a few hours. She is fed a high quality, organic layer feed. I use DE in the run and coop to prevent mites and lice. They only have supervised free ranging once in awhile, so she isn't hiding her eggs. I don't think anyone (or thing) is eating the eggs as there is no evidence of it and the other girls eggs are not disappearing.

    I am a total newbie. this is my first year with chickens. Should I be concerned, or is she just taking a vacation?
     
  2. SunkenRoadFarms

    SunkenRoadFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably just a break thanks to the shorter days. Just keep an eye in her. Have you had any changes to the flock or living situation or a recent predator scare? All can cause stress. I winterized my run with plastic tarps last weekend. Suddenly my leghorns you could set a clock to stopped laying as frequently or started laying soft shell eggs. I took down the tarp obstructing their south view of the house and yard (and direct sun) and all is back to normal.
     
  3. Curlyginger

    Curlyginger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nothing too recent. We added 2 chickens to the flock 5 weeks ago and winterized the run about 3 weeks ago, but she laid like clockwork through those. She is eating, drinking and pooping. I checked her vent for mites and lice this morning and she seems clean. I will follow your advice and keep an eye on her.
     

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