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chickens not laying since September

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Igot 6 buffs in Feb 2015,  all seemed to go well and they produced wonderfully. Usually a egg a dayu til September.  They stopped laying very much and started molting so I decided to worm them.  I got a few eggs but not many. Then it rained terribly for a couple weeks and they seemed to outgrow the hen house.  We built a better and dryer hen house.  We are getting 1-2 eggs a day.  We live in eastern nc so it is now cold.   The chickens seem healthy and are eating well.  Is this normal?  I expected a drop in production but just not since Sept.
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How old are they? When they molt there is a definite decrease of eggs but since they started in the fall, they finished molting in the winter; and trust me, most chickens don't lay well in the winter. I am only getting 2-6 eggs a day from 20 Austrolorps!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What do you feed them?

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Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

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That sounds normal, every time you stress a hen she will halt laying, most hens don't lay well during winter months because the energy goes in staying warm. In a month or two your production should pick up, and you will probably see another decline during the hottest months too. Buff Orpingtons are usually a 3-5 eggs a week layer, they are considered dual purpose so they don't lay as well as straight egg laying breeds.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #4 of 8
You're getting 1-2 eggs a day now? Or have none been laying since sept? Between the cold and molting, they probably need all their feed to concentrate on their bodies!
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Feed them a handful or two of whole corn before bedtime. Gives them energy and helps keep them warm at night.
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Feed them a handful or two of whole corn before bedtime. Gives them energy and helps keep them warm at night.

The corn is great for the energy, but I also mix some chick feed in their feed. The protein is whats needed during molts and for laying. I mix 1 part 16% layer feed, 1 part cracked corn, 1 part 24% chick feed. Brings up the total protein intake overall,and is a winter boost for mine as I dont use heat lamps.
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The corn is great for the energy, but I also mix some chick feed in their feed. The protein is whats needed during molts and for laying. I mix 1 part 16% layer feed, 1 part cracked corn, 1 part 24% chick feed. Brings up the total protein intake overall,and is a winter boost for mine as I dont use heat lamps.
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Been a while since I checked this post but five of my 6 are laying beautifully now.  Must have been a combo of molt and winter.

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