26 Layers, not a single egg in two weeks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sally_O, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. Sally_O

    Sally_O Out Of The Brooder

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    We've had chickens for a few years but this is our first winter with Aurucanas. Not a single egg in almost two weeks. They've been laying great all summer. What the heck??? Nothing has changed, same food, water, etc. There are 26 layers and 2 roosters (and 3 chicks so they were laying, lol.)

    We just got a timer for a light in the coop, turning it on at 4am, off at 7 when the sun is up. Should I put a light outside so they can see to walk around? Their food and water is outside so I guess so... argh.

    I did not want to do the light thing... I like them having a "natural" life as much as possible. But I'm worried that they'll get bound or sick from not laying. Is that possible?

    What else should I be doing? Thank you in advance for the help!
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2013
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Not likely. Most likely it's just their genetics, to take a period of time off from laying. Two weeks this time of year is not very long at all.
     
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