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I'M SOOOO OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!! what are your opinions?

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Okay heres my problem. I have 46 New pullets RIR, BR, BO, Delaware, BSL. all laying age, combs reddening just fine. theyve been laying since late august, early september and up at one time i got 14 eggs in one day. okay from then they have started slacking off, to 1-3 eggs a day. somad. I am feeding them layer pellets 16%, have fresh water always! and I put a light on them sunday. and still 2 eggs a day! hesomadrantsomad they are all healthy, they are not eating them, so what could be going on with them?!?!? idunno  please help me out!!!!

I raise Speckled Sussex, Dark Brahmas, Ameraucanas, and Rhode Island Reds. I also raise Pearl Guineas. I have been raising poultry for 10 yrs. I have experience with Turkeys, Ducks, Quail, Pheasants, and Pigs. I wouldn't  trade the country life for nothing.

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I raise Speckled Sussex, Dark Brahmas, Ameraucanas, and Rhode Island Reds. I also raise Pearl Guineas. I have been raising poultry for 10 yrs. I have experience with Turkeys, Ducks, Quail, Pheasants, and Pigs. I wouldn't  trade the country life for nothing.

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=423023&p=2
here
is a nice thread

I would put a light on in the morning for them, so they have 14 hours (so I have read 14 hours is good) a day light. Give them food and water in the coop if you do this so they don't eat each other, lol, out of hunger when the light comes on. You said you put a light on, but didn't say for how long. It might take them time to increase laying again. Give them a few weeks to recover.

Any stress can cause them to cease laying, too.

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post #3 of 19

Do they free range? Could they be laying in nests you don't know about? They shouldn't have slacked off that much.

post #4 of 19

I'm definitely not an expert but I've been reading many people having this issue this time of year with molting and shorter days being the reason.  Maybe molting soon?

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post #5 of 19

Sometimes they will go through an early molt and stop laying (two out of my four did this after only laying a couple of months).  It's usually not a complete molt but you would see plenty of feathers around.
They will also stress out over any little change.
The light shouldn't really be as big an issue in their first year of laying.

Edited to say:  ...and what Chickensaresweet said.  That thread is by Speckled Hen who, IMO, knows almost everything wink


Edited by Yay Chicks! - 10/11/11 at 6:13pm
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Owned by two old dogs (yellow lab and a big, red, fuzzy mutt) and four chickens (Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, and two Easter Eggers)
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post #6 of 19

Mine slowed waaaay down, to where I actally only got one egg from 18 Chickens. It lastedd about a wee or two and now they seem to be gearing up again. I got 6 today,  which is the most I've gotten in about 3 weeks.

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post #7 of 19
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they were hatched back in march, so i don't think they're old enough to molt. i recently moved them over to the big house where the old ones were. and no they don't free-range. and i keep the light on all night

I raise Speckled Sussex, Dark Brahmas, Ameraucanas, and Rhode Island Reds. I also raise Pearl Guineas. I have been raising poultry for 10 yrs. I have experience with Turkeys, Ducks, Quail, Pheasants, and Pigs. I wouldn't  trade the country life for nothing.

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I raise Speckled Sussex, Dark Brahmas, Ameraucanas, and Rhode Island Reds. I also raise Pearl Guineas. I have been raising poultry for 10 yrs. I have experience with Turkeys, Ducks, Quail, Pheasants, and Pigs. I wouldn't  trade the country life for nothing.

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post #8 of 19

My chickens did molting at a early age so that all I can think of .Good Luck with it!  thumbsup

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post #9 of 19

Henwillbehens@ :

My chickens did molting at a early age so that all I can think of .Good Luck with it!  thumbsup


Two of mine did as well.

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they were hatched back in march, so i don't think they're old enough to molt. i recently moved them over to the big house where the old ones were. and no they don't free-range. and i keep the light on all night


You should not have the light on all night.  The birds need some dark to rest and sleep.  Put the light on at about 4:30-5:00 am and allow them light during the day.  Depending on where you live, some folks have the light on for a few hours in the morning and then again in late afternoon.  I know if it is a dark day in the winter, I keep the light on all day long.  Depends on the amount of natural light in your coop and their access to an open air run.

There are lots of reasons why they slow down laying, but this time of year, it seems to be a common complaint.

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