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  I have 16 Araucana hens approximately 2 years old, last summer I was getting approximately 12 to 14 eggs a day, they started molting in November and through the winter, as far as I can tell, most of my hens are through molting with the exception of a couple, my egg production picked back up to about 6 to 8 eggs a day.  I figured that since I had 16 hens that they were alternating days of laying.  I have early layers that lay one day and late layers that lay the next.  This is May and I have not recovered my egg production.  I am now getting from 4 to 6 eggs a day and at times only 2.  I have not changed my feed or anything else, they all seem happy and are just like they have always been, I do have one hen that is molting-has been since October- but she is laying one egg a day and has been for a couple of months- strange.  Not sure why I am still short 2 to 4 eggs a day, let alone the production I was getting last year.  I did get 6 new chicks about 2 months ago and integrated them into my flock, but there seems to be no aggression from the other hens.

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Your hens should have finished molting months ago. I would suspect a protein deficiency. I would up the protein content of your feed to 18-20%, I use either a non medicated grower or an all flock with oyster shells in a separate bowl. Limit extra treats. At two years old they usually lay less but bigger eggs than the first year. After this year production will continue to diminish.

Check for hidden nests, sometimes they get sneaky.
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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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