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.

10/12/2017 3:49:59 AM

Yes, please call the poultry "thems" until they tell you what they "identity with". Humanize the food, LOL

10/12/2017 3:49:57 AM

Vanessa, that's the funniest thing I've heard in days. Thanks for the laugh

5/28/2016 4:26:07 PM

I can't believe you have the gall to refer to chickens as shes. Without knowing which gender they identify with we must call them thems.

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