Young hens, pale combs, no eggs. What's wrong?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by K R 2709, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. K R 2709

    K R 2709 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a flock of heritage breed hens and one rooster. They have finished their molt and they look beautiful but, nobody is laying. There are no mites or lice and I deformed them recently. They are getting a higher protein feed than usual (leftovers from when they were molting) There is a light in the coop. The rooster is the only one with a red comb. The hens all have pinky shades. I have no idea what could be causing this. Any ideas would be great :)
    Thanks in advance,
    Kyla
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    They may not start laying until the days start getting longer again.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Mine are doing exactly the same thing. No eggs in 6 weeks, but just 3 days ago a couple started back laying, so maybe there hope for us. Mine always quit during Oct-November and start back up December.
     
  4. K R 2709

    K R 2709 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. Is there anything I can do to help them get going?
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    It's too late in the year to start with supplemental light. It's only about a month till winter solstice and then the days will start getting longer again. They should start back up laying sometime around January or February.
     
  6. jranee

    jranee Out Of The Brooder

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    its a process that all hens go thru were they fist lose pigment by their vent then the eyering then earlobe,beak,bottom of feet,shank,top of toes and then comb and wattle.the chickens do this because their protien/ the pigment is used in making their egg yolks and so every time they lay an egg the pigment in all teh parts that i listed fade and then they stop laying eggs until they gain the pigment/protien back
     

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