I live in California and our weather has been up and down lately again. At night the low 60's during the day mid 80's. Over the last two weeks we have averaged one egg a day from my 5 older hens. They just turned a year the end of July. One hasn't laid an egg since March when she first went broody (I do not have a rooster inside my coop). She is a little bantam and was the only one that laid tan eggs. The others lay various colors of green. Because the eggs are so close in color I don't know which one is laying. I have actually thought about putting a video camera inside their hen house.
I feed them the laying food, they get feather fixer because they all went through a small molt though one of them seems to be going through a normal molt as there are black feathers everywhere and one of them is looking bald around the neck, they also get oyster shells for harder egg shells and I was told it also helps with parasites. I have also recently started giving them flock raiser per the suggestion of a friend of mine who has raised chickens for years. I don't tend to give them table scraps except in the summer, once in awhile they get a cabbage head to peck at so they leave each other alone. So, as far as food I'm not really leaving anything out.
I have a younger hen who has her own little section of the coop and her own little house. Her sister had to be put down because she had a severe crooked beak and was not thriving. She recently started laying but is averaging one a week. The funny thing is she will not lay them inside her little house, she lays them on the ground in the corner of her run.
We are in the process of buying the house we live in and will actually be building a new and bigger run for them and a new hen house and hope to put all 6 of them together. I think I got bit away from the subject though, sorry.
Anyway, the little bantam who stopped laying is not acting egg bound, her feathers are nice and fluffy, she eats, drinks, and acts perfectly normal, she just doesn't lay eggs. I am also not one that can kill my chickens to eat them. She's a happy hen and behaves herself.
I recently put a timer on the light inside their coop but it is not hanging directly above the roost. It shines in that direction, but, so far that does not seem to be helping with the laying. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
I also notice that the wild chickens running around my backyard don't seem to be laying much either or they are hiding them quite well from me, which has happened since we have about 23 babies and three mama's running around right now. 8 of which are only about 3 weeks old. Because there are so many wild ones running around my backyard I do not let my 6 hens run around outside the coop, that is one reason why we are building a bigger run for them.