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Egg laying decreased drastically for free rangers when cooped up///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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Could be seasonal change, predators, egg eaters, or stress... Yes, they can and will hoard eggs and hide nests if their normal routine is disrupted or possibly new flock members are added etc...

I send my kids out to find missing eggs, and its very common to find THIS lol wink.png




Most of my breeds are fee rangers anyway, and locking them up just isn't an option... They don't cause too many issues; its 3 of my BRs that will fly the fence and frantically find a new nest if they can't get in the one they prefer... And they will stall until they find a suitable spot, then take their buddies and some of the free rangers with them wink.png


Keep an eye out for more snakes though; where there's one, there's more, and they can eat a whole nest of eggs in one sitting.
Edited by shortgrass - 10/6/15 at 9:11pm
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http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/990759/chickens-in-permaculture

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1008185/lets-talk-relocation

3rd generation of Colorado ranchers, raising organic alfalfa, corn, Red Angus cattle, Suffolk sheep and of course, chickens! Comitted to a lifetime of health without chemicals, I am entirely dependent on what God has given me to nurture soil, plant, and animal. Sharing...
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In your situation I think it is the stress of being locked up. It could also be you had predators lately that May have scared them. An event like that would take a while to overcome. When they feel it's safe again, they'll start to lay eggs.
The key to a happy flock is to be there for them. You have to do your job so they can do theirs. Your coop layout is also important. It doesn't have to be fancy just functional.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/just-a-chicken-coop Is an example of it.
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The key to a happy flock is to be there for them. You have to do your job so they can do theirs. Your coop layout is also important. It doesn't have to be fancy just functional.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/just-a-chicken-coop Is an example of it.
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