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Are my hens done producing eggs?

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Hi all, newbie here smile.png

I have two auracanas who were given to me by a friend when I first started raising chickens early in 2016. She also had been given them from a friend before me, so basically we have a swap going on. Needless to say, Both of the ladies have an unknown age.

In summertime they both were laying beautiful blue eggs daily, and then once July-august hit, one stopped laying completely and the other was phasing out-- even found an egg or two in the yard and in the tree line. Once august ended, neither chicken has laid an egg since.

They both went through a time where they loooked like they were partially molting, but never lost too many feathers. Their butts look good, fluffy and clean, and they still roam and eat with the other chickens.

Since it's gotten cold this past month, both spend a good bit of time together in the coop on the roost, not really going outside a ton.

Needless to say, it has been about 4 months since the eggs have stopped-- I'm kind of thinking that they are done.

Thoughts?
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Many older hens slow way down on production.  If you don't have supplemental light in your coop then it's fairly normal for laying to stop or slow way down in the winter.  Even with light, I have many older hens that hardly lay in the winter...to be honest, I have some that simply hardly lay anyway.  ;) 

 

My guess is that they'll pick up laying again in the spring....maybe even sooner if you add light.  Some breeds don't lay much in the winter regardless of light, though. 

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Married to the Perfect Guy with 3 kids.  We have a small flock of Black Copper Marans, Lavender & Blue Ameraucanas, and various layers.  We also raise free range meat chickens & turkeys!  What do you think? http://www.180movie.com/

 

Check out our YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZYbRmx4TSpBdrmyqo75B_g

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Hi and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. You have some good advice from SIMZ, so i will just say a big hello.

 

Best wishes

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Forum FAQ & tips: post #1

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G’Day from down under TinaTot :frow  Welcome!

 

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'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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