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Is it still excusable for chickens to not lay?

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It is about 65 degrees Fahrenheit average throughout the day and about 50 degrees at night. I have 6 production red (5 months old), 1 EE (2 years old) and 3 Leghorns (2 yrs old). I get about 1 brown egg, 2 white eggs and 1 green egg every two-three days. Is this still acceptable? Or are the chickens not laying well?
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Day length is increasing, and so should their egg production.

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Your birds sound fine to me. 

 

The leghorns are churning out eggs, that's what they do. 

 

EE are not know for always being stellar layers. They're kind of hit or miss.

 

your reds are young yet. They're just coming to point of lay. You'll get more and more brown eggs over the next month or so. 

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I agree with the above posts. Look at is this way - laying eggs daily (or thereabouts) takes a lot out of a hen, so having a break is no bad thing. Here in Kenya, chickens don't moult in the same manner as i have read they do climates further from the equator (our daylight hours remain constant), and whilst its great not to have a break in production from my point of view, their bodies must be pushed to the max. A break is good IMO.

 

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It is about 65 degrees Fahrenheit average throughout the day and about 50 degrees at night. I have 6 production red (5 months old), 1 EE (2 years old) and 3 Leghorns (2 yrs old). I get about 1 brown egg, 2 white eggs and 1 green egg every two-three days. Is this still acceptable? Or are the chickens not laying well?

It's not about the temperature so much as the length of daylight...as it increases, so should the laying if they have adequate nutrition.

Did you older bird molt last fall/winter?

What are you feeding?

 

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Your birds sound fine to me. 

 

The leghorns are churning out eggs, that's what they do. 

 

EE are not know for always being stellar layers. They're kind of hit or miss.

 

your reds are young yet. They're just coming to point of lay. You'll get more and more brown eggs over the next month or so. 

Exactly(again)! 

Pullets may lay thru their first winter....hens, not so much.

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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