A drop off in production

Sasquatch

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I have 10 gold sex link pullets which have wintered over quite well. But for the last 2 weeks they are driving me nuts. I am only getting 6-8 eggs per day. On Saturday I added a pan of oyster shell calcium, thinking that would return the lay rate. Yesterday I got 9 eggs and my hopes revived. Today, I only have 5.

These hens are right at one year old. They aren't losing feathers, so it can't be molt. Help!
 

PurpleChicken

Tolerated.....Mostly
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Did they molt over the winter?

Those egg numbers sound normal for this time of year, depending
on the temp where you live.
 

Sasquatch

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Dec 3, 2008
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My shock is that I was getting 9-10 a day through the coldest part of winter. It is now in the upper 30s and spring is coming.
 

crazy huhn

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May 24, 2008
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Are they free-ranging and hiding some eggs?
Consider to check the beaks for signs of shell pieces or yolk. Maybe you do have an eggeater.
 

Sasquatch

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Dec 3, 2008
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They are in a green house with a floor with straw spread on it. Day time tems are balmy (in the 70s).
 

Judy

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Mine have been more up and down for a month or so, after laying well in the coldest weather. They do what they do, I guess.
 

WindcrestChickens

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Feb 11, 2008
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Sasquatch, mine are doing the EXACT same thing. I have 11, and I am getting about 6 eggs a day, where it used to be 9-10. This has been happening off and on over the winter.

I am basically thinking they are sick of the winter coop (in our barn) and are ready to get back out to their nicer digs. This weekend I am doing a big cleaning and clearing out, and the girls are heading back to their outside set up.

I also have at least 2 egg eaters. I caught them in the act yesterday morning. I almost flipped a lid....Watching them attack those beauties really ticked me off.

Not sure why they do that? Hmmmm
 

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