13 Reasons Your Chickens Stopped Laying Eggs and the Solutions

| 5/24/2016 2:27:00 PM

Tags: poultry, chickens, raising livestock, eggs, animal care, North Carolina, Jennifer Poindexter,

Chicken and Eggs

Did you go out to your coop this morning only to find no eggs? Frustrating, isn’t it? It also makes us worried. So, is it serious? What can we do about it?

The answer to the question varies. Fortunately, most of the time when chickens stop laying it is because of minor things that can be easily fixed. Take heart! Your precious hen will hopefully be back to laying those delicious eggs in no time.

1. First Thing First: Was Your Hen Ever Laying?

Hens usually don’t begin to lay until around 6 months old. This can vary depending on the breed. Heavier birds may start laying later than 6 months while lighter weight breeds may start laying earlier.

Our first set of chickens were Rhode Island Reds. They didn’t begin laying until almost 8 months old. When we invested in Dominiques, they started laying at around 4-5 months.

Some of you may be reading this and thinking, “I know my bird was laying!” But, really if you have multiple chickens, sometimes it is hard to keep up with who laid what.

11/14/2017 7:51:05 AM

Can anybody help me with my Rhode Rock hen?! She stopped laying -what i'd call normal- eggs! She just pushes out some sort of egg yolk/poop mix or shrivelled up shells. I got her a year ago, along with two other hybrid hens and they were all laying 'normal' eggs progressively, and all through last winter, too. But since the autumn, this particular hen hasn't managed to lay anything substantial! I've ruled out lack of nutrients or grit, as they all get plenty of food and water everyday. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

11/14/2017 7:51:03 AM

Can anyone help me with my Rhode Rock hen?! She has stopped laying-what i'd call normal looking- eggs. She just pushes out egg gloop and shrivelled up shells! She is about two years old and had been laying eggs since she was old enough to. She gets plenty of nutrients, proteins and access to grit all day and night. But it's just her, out of two other hens, who has stopped laying 'eggs'

11/7/2017 5:38:03 PM

I have RIR, Barred Rock, English Lilac Orphington, Golden Comet, Black Sex Link, and 2 Ameracauna. The entire flock has slowed recently, but the 2 Ameracauna have quit. I have not had a blue egg in a month. Should I be worried? Any info is appreciated. Russ

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