This is our first year as BYC stewards - we have 3 girls that we got in February, all ameraucana (Peep, Pumpkin and Pepper!).
They started laying in June or so and by mid-summer they were up to 5 eggs every 2 days or so. As the winter came on, they slowed down, to about 1-2 eggs a day (for the group), but starting last weekend, they stopped laying ALTOGETHER. I haven't seen an egg in 7 days now :(
I am worried that there is something else going on - but maybe this is normal? If it is, please let me know so we can stop worrying? :/
Some facts for background:
- They are in good spirits, running/talking/flapping like usual
- We live in San Francisco - so the "cold" weather for us this winter is still really mild
- Their coop is located such that they are in the shade most of the day
- I cleaned out their coop really well yesterday - but I noticed that as a result of our first big storm, everything is a little damp (including the shavings). I am getting more shavings this weekend (the large block we got this year also got soaked in the rain)
- I confirmed they have fresh food and water and appear to be eating just fine
- they get snacks every day from our 3 year old, and this week I started introducing cheese to their snack setup because they are moulting
- they are moulting (lots of small white feathers all over the coop floor, as well as some larger colored ones
Please let me know what you think based on your BYC experience?