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We have about 30 hens a year old that have dropped their egg production, we only getting 12-15 eggs per day now. I noticed last few days in one coop they not wanting to roost like they should. I can't figure what maybe stressing them out
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Have you checked the birds over really well for mites?  I'd also clean the roosts really well, and either white wash them with a seven dust mixture or spray them with Frontline spray...just in case you've got mites hiding there and coming out at night to feast on your girls.

 

Plenty of ventilation in the coop?  Not getting overly hot in there of the evening?

 

Any big weather changes recently?  Mine seem to lay less when we get rainy weather for days on end.

 

Just tossing out some ideas...

 

Also, if your flock has worms, then their egg production would most likely fall off - if you use dropping boards then you can ususally find evidence of roundworm infestations when you go to clean.  But if not, it's harder to find.  So you might consider a round of worming for your flock (of course there's an egg withdrawal period - the downside)...

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Originally Posted by teach1rusl View Post

Have you checked the birds over really well for mites?  I'd also clean the roosts really well, and either white wash them with a seven dust mixture or spray them with Frontline spray...just in case you've got mites hiding there and coming out at night to feast on your girls.

Plenty of ventilation in the coop?  Not getting overly hot in there of the evening?

Any big weather changes recently?  Mine seem to lay less when we get rainy weather for days on end.

Just tossing out some ideas...

Also, if your flock has worms, then their egg production would most likely fall off - if you use dropping boards then you can ususally find evidence of roundworm infestations when you go to clean.  But if not, it's harder to find.  So you might consider a round of worming for your flock (of course there's an egg withdrawal period - the downside)...
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Thanks for the advice I read your answer earlier , soon as I came home from work I washed the roosts and cleaned nest boxes good. We have had up and down weather patterns. They have good ventilation. Hopefully this will help
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