Chickens Not Laying Eggs?

Brown Eggs in Nest

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.

Age:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Health:

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.

Stress:

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.

The Best Way To Handle Disappointment

Man, Mourning, Despair, Emotion, Pain

Parent help is one of the highlights of my week. I enjoy going in my son’s class to aid his teacher and other school staff. I love working in another school environment as a chaplain. And I loved helping in my daughters’ courses when they were kids too.

It strikes me, the more I’m involved with school environments, just how holistic education is. It’s not just about the academic work or the’formative’ years. There is very much a social dimension to education which carries through beyond school, even, hesitant as I say that, into life as a 50-year-old. We are always learning.

I was reminded of this as I saw my child interact in a course session on the mat. I saw myself in his disappointment. And, thank God, not one iota of me sought to defend him.

‘It’s what it is, son. Acknowledge it and proceed.’

That’s what I felt I heard God say to my soul. It was both a private Word from my God to me, His child, in my disappointments, and from me to my son, as I agreed fully with the truth God showed me in his disappointment.

It’s inescapable. And we always feel like we’ve been hard-done-by. If we are not careful disappointment grows legs and runs full tilt toward bitterness and headlong to the eventual’prize’ of resentment.

As a five-year-old the disappointment seems obvious on the face, a heart that is momentarily rejected, but they seem quickly to get it over. But on a fifty-year-old that disappointment is often concealed in an’Oh, I’ll be fine… it’s really fine…’ when sometimes my soul is truly saying,’Gee, that hurt!’ And,’If I’m honest, I’m stunned!’

The purpose is disappointment stings. We do not expect not to get our way. And it strengthens feelings of injustice (‘it’s not fair!’) Or one of a range of other not-so-good feelings and attributions.

Two things we can do about disappointment: 1) acknowledge it occurred; that we felt the sting of disappointment, and that that is fine, without judging it, and 2) move on. That’s right, we simply move on. We don’t give the disappointment that emerges any more attention than it warrants.

I didn’t like it when it happened, but I am not going to let it define me.

Look at this site, Tough as it is, when disappointment happens, it’s best to acknowledge it hurts, take courage to feel it, learn what you can, then let go and proceed.

 

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