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Why arent they laying?

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My 6 girls were giving us 5-6 eggs a day and then they stopped! We are lucky to get 2 eggs a day now! Weather has been a bit wonky here. But everyone looks good and healthy they all eat great and get some good variety of veggies to snack on. We even tripled their space hoping to encourage them to start laying again. What can we do to get them to lay again like they were?
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How old are they? This time of year, many things can cause hens to stop. Shorter daylight hours, cooler temps and molting are some examples. Hens need around 16 hours of light to lay consistently. They lay best when temps are between 55-80 degrees F. When they molt, they stop laying too. Make sure they have plenty of protein in their diet.

(Here's an article on molting. http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/what-happens-when-chickens-molt)

Do they have mites or lice by any chance? That can also cause them to stop.

"Let God have you and let God love you. And don’t be surprised if your heart begins to hear music you’ve never heard and your feet learn to dance as never before.” -Max Lucado

"You have searched me, Lord and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways." -Psalm 139:1-3
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"Let God have you and let God love you. And don’t be surprised if your heart begins to hear music you’ve never heard and your feet learn to dance as never before.” -Max Lucado

"You have searched me, Lord and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways." -Psalm 139:1-3
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