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Reasons Why Chickens stop Laying eggs

Every farmer experiences a situation where chickens suddenly stop laying eggs. When this happens, it is not always obvious since many factors can lead to a drop in egg production. To help you troubleshoot and find out why your egg count has dropped here are the possible reasons why chickens stop laying eggs

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Temperature

Commonly, when the weather changes, a flock of chicken get affected by the sudden change in weather. Particularly when it gets cold the chicken can reduce the layin frequency and some can stop altogether.

During the cold season, it is advisable to give chicken feed that is rich in starch. Increasing their feed ration also helps.

Moulting

At the end of the laying cycle, chicken shed their feathers and receive a new coat of plume. During this process, you will notice a reduction in the eggs the chicken produce.

This is a natural process that takes about two weeks. Give the chicken some anti-stress formula to help them cope with the hormonal imbalance.

Feed

When you change the source or type of feed, the chicken will experience stress trying to cope with the change. Moreover, the new regime might not have sufficient nutrients to support egg production.

You can suspect the feed is the source of your trouble if recently you changed the source of the feed. Even where the feed is apparently the same brand you have been using, unscrupulous traders and transporters can adulterate the feed

Diseases

When your chickens get sick then you must expect that egg production will drop. Other than parasites, diseases are the most prevalent reasons why chickens stop Laying eggs.

Always make sure you follow the vaccination schedule strictly to avoid disease in the farm.

Hygiene is also key as a way of preventing disease. Reduce the build of Ammonia by sweeping away their droppings regularly.

Isolate and treat the sick birds promptly to avoid the spread of the disease. Use a trained veterinary office to identify for you the correct course of treatment.

Parasites

Parasites can come in two forms. Internal Parasites and External parasites. But their economic effect on your farm is the same; losses.

Internal Parasites: Put in place and follow a good deworming programme. The program cycle will be determined by the birds you keep. If they are free-ranging, semi-intensive or intensive the frequency of deworming will be different. To gather more on this see How to deal with Internal Parasites in your chicken farm

External Parasites: External Parasites such as mites and ticks can be dealt with by regularly spraying the chicken areas with insecticide.

Fear

If the chickens experience a noise or sight that they are not accustomed to, then they can stop laying. Barking dogs, landing aeroplanes etc can scare chickens.

Rats visiting the chicken houses at night have been reported to scare chickens to the point of reducing egg laying.