It is always concerning when our hens abruptly quit laying. The first symptom of a problem for your girls is when they stop laying eggs. When chickens are lacking something that they need egg production is the first thing that their bodies shut down in order to compensate for what it’s lacking. Most of the time it’s an easy fix, is the coop clean? Sometimes it could more complicated, are my babies sick or will be the molting? Let’s take a peek at the typical issues and see what it takes to get the women happy again.
Chickens have a lifespan of 7 years are in their prime for the first couple of years of them laying eggs, after that production quickly declines until the 4th or 5th year when they generally quit laying altogether. It generally better to replace the laying hen with a fresh one following their 3rd year of laying eggs.
Chickens are creatures of habit, sometimes the slightest change can throw them off. Moving your hens from one place to another, including new features or space can stress out your girls. They won’t begin laying again until they feel relaxed and are comfortable again. A dirty pen or coop could throw them off, unsanitary conditions are the best way to for the birds to deal with undesirable diseases, especially if the distance is too small.
A dehydrated chicken cannot produce eggs make sure there is water available for your cows. Using the nipple drinkers help conserve water and maintain the coop clean. To create an egg your girls need a special diet of proteins and calcium. This type of feed is called”layer feed” and comes in several different varieties from various feed or pet shops. Chickens will overeat so monitor the feed based on the number of chickens.
A broody hen will not lay until she’s done hatching her eggs. Molting is when the chickens are losing their feather due to changes in the weather. Mites put plenty of strain on a hen’s body, she’s miserable and will not lay for you. A good sign your chicken is ill or not feeling well is her position. If she’s hunched over instead of standing up and perky she is not feeling well and has problems she likely needs help with.
If a chicken is worried she won’t lay, she needs to feel comfortable. Too many roosters can easily cause stress on your women. Keep your girls happy safe and fed, and she provides you with many eggs to come. Some birds are better layers compared to others, such as the Orpington Chicken which has been bread for maximum laying capacity.