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why have my chickens quit laying

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I have 14 laying hens from 1 year to 2 years old.  In the fall I was getting 10-12 per day.  Production went down when the winter came.  As winter ended production went back to 10 per day average.  Now that it is spring and 75 degrees during the day, I am only getting 2-3 per day.  Most of my hens molted in late spring so I know that can't be the problem.  They all look healthy, but are not getting near the nesting boxes.  They are locked up so I know they are not laying in the woods.  I have watched for snakes, but there have been none.

spring is normally prime time for laying, right??

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I'm just as frustrated with the egg laying as you are.  We have 18 hens of various breeds up here and I'm lucky to get 3 eggs a day.  And the eggs I do get seem to come from the same hens.  My hens that have only a few hens and 1 roo per pen, NOTHING.  What IS going on?idunno  Someone please give us some answers so we can get those eggs rollin in.

Proud owner of 1 DH, 2 DDs, 1 DS, 13 horses, 1 lizard, 7 rabbits, 5 goats, 5 ducks, 5 turkeys, 3 guinea, 5 cats and too many dogs and chickens to mention.

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Proud owner of 1 DH, 2 DDs, 1 DS, 13 horses, 1 lizard, 7 rabbits, 5 goats, 5 ducks, 5 turkeys, 3 guinea, 5 cats and too many dogs and chickens to mention.

You just never know what I'M gonna drag in!
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hmm Same thing here with my silkie she has not layed a egg in a month and she is only a yr old. I have no idea what is wrong? Two days ago my ducks went on strike for 2 days but now bk to laying. I get better production from my ducks 3 ladies and i get 3 eggs a day. If anyone has any help PLEASE tell us i would like to get silkie eggs to hatch hmm

Starry In On Canada looking for eggs

post #4 of 32

All my layers just turned a year old and they are still laying good for me. I hope I don't have the same issues as you guys. Did anything change dramatically in the last month? New animals, weather, feed, predators etc.? Maybe you need to have 'the talk' with them.wink Sorry I'm not much help, good luck!

Previously Henry'schickens.  DH, 2 DD's, 1 DS, a mutt dog, a german shepherd pup, 3 cats, 3 duckies and lost count on the chickens.  A pair of pilgrim geese. A  Bouron Red Tom. Love 'em all!!
 

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Previously Henry'schickens.  DH, 2 DD's, 1 DS, a mutt dog, a german shepherd pup, 3 cats, 3 duckies and lost count on the chickens.  A pair of pilgrim geese. A  Bouron Red Tom. Love 'em all!!
 

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post #5 of 32

Yeah me and my leghorns are about to have "a talk"   barnie   I don't think they're gonna like the talkin I'm doing though. lol  I can't think of anything that would have caused them to not be laying.  Our weather has been up and down so I know on the colder, wet days I usually don't expect much but on the days when its 65 and sunny.  Come on!!!!  Mine were doing real well in the fall before the cold hit.  Nothing through the winter.  For a few days only I got 8 but that's the topper so far. somad

Proud owner of 1 DH, 2 DDs, 1 DS, 13 horses, 1 lizard, 7 rabbits, 5 goats, 5 ducks, 5 turkeys, 3 guinea, 5 cats and too many dogs and chickens to mention.

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Proud owner of 1 DH, 2 DDs, 1 DS, 13 horses, 1 lizard, 7 rabbits, 5 goats, 5 ducks, 5 turkeys, 3 guinea, 5 cats and too many dogs and chickens to mention.

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post #6 of 32

Sorry to say I am glad I am not the only one with this problem.
I never got an awnser to my post.lol. I did howwever move 25 little noisy babies out to their coop,but some of the ladies look paler.
I don't know that much yet and I am freaking out:barnie
Mine are like a year and a month..
    They also free range alot now,You'd think that would up my production.  I hope a smarty pants helps us all.

post #7 of 32

I read they dont lay eggs during their molting, and that can take a while so maybe thats it??

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I am having the same issues, 11 hens and maybe 1-2 eggs a day, weather is like 80 degrees here. It seems as though the same hen is laying 99% of the production. I love feeding them and watching them run and play, but production is not worth the feed. We need an answer fast here.......tick tock tick tock


hmm

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post #9 of 32

Right there with you .. 4 hens one day 2 eggs then 0 then 1 then 3 I doesnt make since and frustrates me to death... rant

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post #10 of 32

The one thing I have found that seems to really affect production is feed. When I mess around with changing what I feed, production drops off - fast.  I have learned my lesson and, outside of changing the greens they get based on what's available, I don't try new feeds.  I get from 5 to 7 eggs per day, every day, from my 9 hens.

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