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Hens Gone Off Lay
Hi all,

I have a selection of young birds 2 of which my bluebelle and amber star came into lay about 3 weeks ago, all was well for about 10 days and they picked up a gd lay rate with one from each almost every day.

at the end of last week my Bluebelle was decidedly unwell, very slugish and kept sitting down. anyway i nursed her back to health with some live yogurt, sunflower seeds a good examination for egg bound etc. a day later she perked up and was fine and has been ever since.

Only problem is i have had not one egg from any of my girls other then my Jasmin which came into lay mid this week for almost 8 days now.

Basically any ideas. they seem to be eating fine, very active, ive just not had birds do this before for a prolonged amount of time other then when in moult.


Pullets can do this sometimes start laying then stop then go again. Weather can be a factor if you have had bad weather. A small amount of cod liver oil in there feed will help get the system working.
First time layers will do this stop/start until their systems settle.
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The fact that your Bluebell has been unwell will also make her go off lay for a while - they can take quite a bit of time before they get back into the swing of things!
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[quote name='gamefowlman' date='28 August 2010 - 10:00 AM' timestamp='1282986048' post='205980'] Weather can be a factor .....[/quote]

Totally agree and apart from the weather I find that the whether is also a factor as in 'whether they lay today or not .'<img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' />

As I've been told, their not machines, you know !
[quote name='eggy' date='28 August 2010 - 01:44 PM' timestamp='1282999491' post='206002']

Totally agree and apart from the weather I find that the whether is also a factor as in 'whether they lay today or not .'<img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' /> [/quote]

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Hi and welcome to our forum Oli. Hope you'll visit us regularly. [Image: smile.gif]

Thanks for all your responses.

I had wondered if the utterly misserable weather was contributing to the situation.

It was the poorly Bluebelle that brought me to your forum and upon reading the ideas of others with the live yogurt and sunflower seed hearts i got her seemingly nursed back to health.

One reassuring thing to come of all this is i was convinced my Jasmine was laying brown eggs as she was the older of the bunch and the only one with very bright red comb/wattles, the others are still extreamly pale/pinkish but this week ive had a blue egg every day, all be it very small blue eggs but a lovely shade.
Well 2 weeks today and the same 2 girls are still refusing to lay whilst my jasmin is going great, never expected an egg a day from her but had a lovely blue 1 every day.

fingers crossed there is nothing wrong with my girls, still puzzled why i had a run of perfect eggs then nothing at this rate my maran and leghorn will be coming into lay before the other restart and they are 4 weeks younger.
Don't worry Oli. They will lay again when they're ready. [Image: smile.gif]

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