Since it's been getting dark early these days, egg production around here has slowed a bit, which I expected. However, in the last week, I've gotten no eggs at all, and my chickens (6 total, all about a year and a half old, 3 Buff Orpingtons and 3 Barred Rocks) haven't eaten much at all. Usually I have to fill the feeder every 2 days, but they aren't touching the food very much. 2 are presently molting, at least 2 were doing so a couple weeks ago. Could that be it? They all seem to be in fine health otherwise.
My other thought is that it is so cold the last couple weeks that they either don't leave the coop enough to eat, and the water freezes up so fast they aren't drinking enough. They eat the yogurt I put out for them every morning in record time, just not the pellets. I have a snuggle safe I put under the water to heat it up for a while, but it's been in the low 20s or colder for a while. If I'm home, I put fresh water out around mid-day, but I also work, so that's mostly weekends. I'm home today, and I mixed up some feed, water, and yogurt in a bowl and put that out, and they ate it right up. They don't seem to come out in the cold much though.
Any ideas? Anything I should watch out for?
They started laying almost exactly a year ago, and went full tilt all winter. Maybe they just petered themselves out.
Edited by cheapcheepcheep - 12/16/13 at 10:29am