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Hen Not Laying Eggs

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Hens do not lay eggs year around, there are breaks during the colder months. Older girls also eventually stop laying. If none of these apply, you may want to check with a vet to make sure your hen is not ill or egg bound. This is a guide about hen not laying eggs.


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November 5, 2011

My hen hasn't laid any egg for a few days now. She is so lethargic that she often spends most of the day squatting either in the laying box or in a shady spot in the garden. It seems she suffers from diarrhea; her stomach is soiled. I've already bathed her with warm water.

By malylo8 from London


November 9, 20110 found this helpful
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Hello, Please call your local avian Veterinarian. This little girl does not feel well and needs some medical attention.

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November 9, 20110 found this helpful
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Do check with your veterinarian but it is not because you can buy eggs all year round in the supermarkets that hens are not birds and birds don't lay eggs at fall.

Hens do stop laying eggs as the amount of sunlight per day decreases that is why in the industry they are kept all year round under artificial light and that is why the egg is the symbol of the Easter feast, Easter is the time when hens will begin to lay eggs again, this is if they are let to live a natural life.


You should also check that your hen has enough dry food (wheat ...) and that it is not eating too much wet vegetables. Check also that she has enough sand or tiny little gravel to eat as hens need them to digest. Your hen also needs a not too cold but most of all completely dry place to live. You could also give your hen a cuttlefish bone which provides extra calcium.

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November 8, 20110 found this helpful

I could certainly be wrong and I would never take online advice without double checking it first so with that being said what you describe sounds to me like an egg bound bird, you can check her vent if she has a clear or milky discharge it's almost certainly an egg bound chicken but remember that's just my opinion. Check online for treatment or do what I do cage her in a wire bottomed cage throw a couple of towels over it and use a moist stream heat, don't make it direct you want to heat the air not roast your girl :) a streaming pan of water works well and hope she passes the egg. If she is egg bound and she doesn't pass an egg it can kill her, good luck.

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November 8, 20110 found this helpful

Have you considered asking the only person qualfied to answer this question your Veterinarian?

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