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Free range chickens not laying well when I have to keep up - is this normal?

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I have great egg layers - black australorps, barred rocks, leghorns, etc and they usually free range until the door closes on the coop at night.  I lost a few to predators and I am now letting them out less.  I usually gather 8-12 eggs a day.  I have had a couple days recently - today being one - that I only gathered one egg.  I had a snake in the coop one day but I "eliminated" him.  Is it normal for chickens to boycott laying when they are put up? Also, my Ameraucana was laying an extra large blue egg almost daily and hasn't laid the last 3 days.  I have 12 hens and one rooster.  When they are out they range on 6 acres.  When they are in they have a coop that is 10x20 with one large waterer and one large feeder of layer crumbles.  Should I add different food?  It has been cooler lately - 50's at night.  Any ideas?? Thanks 

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It maybe just the change in routine that has them a little cheesed off. Chickens are creatures of habit, so keeping them in the coop when they are used to free ranging may be causing them a bit of stress, and hence laying less.

 

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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:welcome

 

How old are they?

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Are they perhaps a bit mistrustful of the coop boxes, and laying in hidey-holes when they free range as a "safer" alternative place after being spooked by the snake and/or recent deaths.
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