DARK BROWN EGGS

Moulting

Why has my chicken stopped laying?
My hen is laying less eggs.
I am getting less and less eggs from my hens
I am getting no eggs from my chickens
 
The shells of the eggs are weak
The shells of the eggs are thin
The eggs have no shell they are just soft
 
My chickens feathers are falling out
My chicken is almost bald
 
If any of the above apply to your chickens or hens, then they are probably going into their annual moult
 
Feathers need to be replaced annually, and generally a good layer will choose to do this all at one go, and during this time she will stop laying eggs.
 
As she is approaching her annual MOULT she may start to lay weak shelled or thin shelled eggs. The eggs may look wrinkled or mis-shaped, and they may have no proper shell at all, but just the inner shell lining. They are then known as SOFT SHELLED EGGS
 
If your girls have been laying for about a year or more, especially if it is late summer, then it is quite likely they will be about to moult. That July/August/Sept time is the most usual for birds to want change their feathers. In the natural world the breeding season is over, the chicks are pretty well feathered and looking after themselves, so the adults now have time to take a break and change their feathers ready for winter.
 
Good layers will generally get it all over in one go. Less good may be changing their feathers a few at a time all through the year, so a tatty looking bird is often a better layer than a fine sleek one - who has put all her energy into growing new feathers and looking good! Perhaps this is why "show birds" are often such poor layers.
 
It generally takes a few weeks to change feathers, some traditional breeds may go right off lay and if it is late in the year may not start again till the days lengthen in January. With a hybrid you might still get a few eggs during the moult, though poor quality.
 
Layers rations contain enough calcium for hens in lay, check the calcium content of your feed, but always have shell grit available, then they birds can adjust the quantity to their own needs, too much calcium can be as bad as too little Also dried seaweed meal in a little feeder gives them access to extra minerals if they feel they need them.

If the birds look particularly run down you might try adding some vitamins in the water, these are usually obtainable at gamekeepers suppliers.

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