Heya all -
I have a small flock of light brahmas, and I adore them - personality is fantastic, size is great, etc... When they lay, they lay great, also - but when they don't feel like laying, they don't. period. at all.
Things I have noticed that stop them from laying are A) too hot B) too wet C) too cold D) too stormy E) too sunny F) too cloudy you get the picture.
It is never the same thing twice that makes them stop laying - no pattern, so I don't know for sure what it truly is that makes them stop laying for up to three weeks at a time.
Does anyone else have this issue with Brahmas?
I love them, and plan to keep a few around, anyway - just because - but I am tempted to change my plans of having a breeding flock around.
I have two who insist on going broody at the drop of a hat, also - which is fine, unless I have 160+ chicks already and don't need them to. Also, one particular "broody" tends to switch nests every three or four days - she'll sit on eggs, then leave them for fresh eggs laid by her coop mates. Needless to say, I don't allow her to set eggs anymore, but it does get annoying fighting with her when I go gather eggs. She will do ok, if I put her and the eggs into a cage, but at the moment, as I said, I don't need more chicks from broodies.
This is the Year of the Broody, I think been reading a LOT of posts on broody hens lately.
Anyway, I just wondered if anyone else had egg laying issues with their brahmas, or if it was something particular to my flock.
- Empress of Chickenville
Heya all -