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20 month old chickens, no eggs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jimmysea, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. jimmysea

    jimmysea New Egg

    Jan 21, 2013
    We have 8 mixed breed females. They used to be producing 6 eggs daily. Now we get 7 per week, if we're lucky.
    They have a deluxe coop, organic feed and a 40' X 15' outdoor run.
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. There are a number of reasons why your egg production may have dropped off. Are they getting plenty of sunlight where they are? Are they going broody? Are they molting? Is there any sign of problems in their poop; runny, blood, funny color, etc.? Could they be stressed for some reason, either by a predator in the area, or by a recent move? These are all possible causes of their drop off in laying. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your hens laying again.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Michael X2. Lots of reasons why chickens can stop laying from health issues, molting, sickness, stress, lack of light, broody, something is eating them, they are laying out in the fields, the chickens themselves are eating them, etc...Stop by this thread on Why My Chickens Are Not Laying and maybe you can come to some conclusions...https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/423023/why-arent-my-chickens-laying-here-are-your-answers

    Good luck and I hope you can figure out what is going on. Welcome to our flock!
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

    Jan 10, 2013

    Agree with earlier posts. If you don't get your answer after reading the article, post again in egg laying/behavior forum.

    Welcome to BYC, glad to have you join.
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X3 on Michael.
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  7. jimmysea

    jimmysea New Egg

    Jan 21, 2013
    Plenty of sunlight? Up here in Trinity County, CA it just rained steadily for the first time in over a year.
    One has gone broody this year. She was over it in a month.
    A couple are molting. This slow production has been going on for 3+ months.
    They have never moved, and are well protected from above & around the run.Very little dog or coyote activity, a minor raccoon presence.
    Poop looks normal. Pine shavings in large 8X8 coop changed every 2 months.
    These chickens are living the life of Reilly.
    Thanks everyone for suggestions.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sometimes threatening them with the stew pot works. How old are they? Are they getting too many treats instead of eating their layer feed? Do they have oyster shell available at free choice? This is quite a puzzle.
  9. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.

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