It’s always concerning when our hens abruptly quit laying. The first symptom of a problem for your girls is when they stop laying eggs. When cows are lacking something that they require egg production is the first thing that their bodies shut down in order to make up for what it is lacking. Most of the time it’s an easy fix, is the coop clean? At times it could more complex, are my babies ill or will be the molting? Let’s take a peek at the typical issues and see what is needed 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 rapidly declines until the 4th or 5th year when they generally quit laying altogether. It generally better to replace the laying hen with a new one after 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, adding new features or space can stress out your girls. They won’t begin laying again until they feel relaxed and are comfortable again. Even a dirty pen or coop could throw them off, unsanitary conditions are the best way to for the birds to deal with unwanted diseases, especially if the space is too small.
A dehydrated chicken cannot produce eggs make sure there is water available for your hens. Using the nipple drinkers help conserve water and keep the coop clean. To create an egg your women need a special diet of calcium and proteins. This sort of feed is known as”layer feed” and comes in many different varieties from different feed or pet shops. Chickens will overeat so track 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 cows are losing their feather due to changes in the weather. Mites put a lot of strain on a hen’s body, she is miserable and will not lay for you. A good sign your chicken is ill or not feeling well is her position. If she is hunched over instead of standing up and perky she is not feeling well and has difficulties she likely needs help with.
If a chicken is stressed she won’t lay, she needs to feel comfortable. Too many roosters can easily cause stress on your girls. Can there be a predator around, is she fearful? Keep your women 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.