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Brown leghorn hen not laying eggs.

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We used to have 5 chickens however we aren't sure how (free range so they walk out 30 acre property) but are down to 3 (1 Rhode Island Red hen, I Easter egger rooster, and 1 brown leghorn) we were getting 2 eggs a day one from each hen. Now the Rhode Island is the only one laying....anyone have any ideas?
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Many birds molt in the fall if they are at least 1 year old, they stop laying while molting.

 

Or the shorter daylight hours could be causing the girls to stop laying for a bit.

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It may just be  a break. Will resume later I guess

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We used to have 5 chickens however we aren't sure how (free range so they walk out 30 acre property) but are down to 3 (1 Rhode Island Red hen, I Easter egger rooster, and 1 brown leghorn) we were getting 2 eggs a day one from each hen. Now the Rhode Island is the only one laying....anyone have any ideas?

How old are they?

If around 18 months old they may be molting.

 

If younger, then I'd lock them up in the coop for a week as they are probably laying out in the range area.

 

 

Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 2-3 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it. ..at least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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