It’s always about when our hens abruptly quit laying. The first sign of a problem for your girls is when they stop laying eggs. When cows are lacking something they need egg production is the first thing that their bodies shut down so as to compensate for what it is lacking. The majority of the time it’s a simple fix, is the coop clean? Are you feeding the proper food? Sometimes it could more complicated, are my babies ill or will be the molting? Let’s take a peek at the common issues and see what is needed to get the girls happy again.
Chickens have a lifespan of 7 years are in their prime for the first year or two of them laying eggs, after that production rapidly declines until the 4th or 5th year when they generally stop laying altogether. It generally best 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 1 place to another, adding new features or distance can stress out your girls. They will not start 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 space is too small.
Food / Water:
A dehydrated chicken cannot produce eggs make sure that there is always water available for your hens. Using the nipple drinkers help conserve water and maintain the coop clean. To create an egg your girls need a special diet of calcium and proteins. This sort of feed is called”layer feed” and comes in several different varieties from different feed or pet stores. Chickens will overeat so monitor the feed based on the amount of chickens.
A broody hen will not lay until she is done hatching her eggs. Molting is when the chickens are losing their feather as a result of changes in the weather. It is exactly the same as when a dog shed its fur, except the chicken sheds its feathers. Mites put a lot of strain on a hen’s body, she is miserable and won’t lay for you. A good sign your chicken is sick or not feeling well is her stance. If she is hunched over instead of standing up and perky she is not feeling well and has problems she probably needs help with.
If a chicken is stressed she won’t lay, she wants to feel comfortable. Too many roosters can easily lead to 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, like the Orpington Chicken which was bread for maximum laying capacity.