17 hens only 1 egg a day?!?!? What's happening?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickchickgirls, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. chickchickgirls

    chickchickgirls Out Of The Brooder

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    For the last two winters I have had only two hens(currently 2 1/2) who both layed pretty regularly even through the cold months. This last February, I added 15 new hens to the mix(about a year and a half right now), lost one of my original ladies and a new one, and hatched three chicks (hens)who are about 7 months old. We went from getting 10-12 eggs a day to suddenly down to 1-2 a day. A couple appear to be starting molting, but why would so many stop all at once. I know the weather change affects them, but 17 hens and only 1 egg a day? Should I be concerned or were my two original ladies just freaks of nature that never stopped laying? [​IMG]
     
  2. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are the same age they will moult at nearly the same time--about a year after they first lay.
     
  3. chickchickgirls

    chickchickgirls Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! Thinking back on it, my older girl didn't molt the first winter, but she did last year. The majority is probably getting ready to molt. I have noticed some of the leghorns feathers around. Guess I won't worry too much about them then.
     
  4. urbanfarmer101

    urbanfarmer101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, I feel your pain. I have 32 birds and get 2 eggs a day. This has been going on for weeks. [​IMG]
     

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