another why arent they producting eggs, problem

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by deerchooper, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. deerchooper

    deerchooper Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 roos, 18 hens, mixed flock.

    4 bantams, a red and? are just over a year old.

    picked up more this spring, 3 white p rocks (1 roo), 3 buff orp (1 roo), 4 dark bramaha, and a couple others.

    the older ones layed pretty good, but fell off when the younger ones started, for what I can tell. I was only able to get 12 eggs 1 time.

    I had all in a smaller coop (4x8 or 32sq') knowing they needed a bigger coop soon. so I built a 10x10 or 100sq' new coop and hooked it up to the run on the other end. figured once all was well with the new one, I would remove the small one. so I gave them three weeks to roam between the 2 coops and sleep where ever they wanted. they never slept in the new coop.

    knowing winter is coming quickly, I had to cover the run before its to cold and I didn't want to do it. I disconnected the old coop that one night and covered the run with a tarp just like last year. I let them free range that day, that night I carried them all into the new coop and placed them on the roosting bar.

    egg production was so so, started to slack off as time went by. I figured since I forced them into the larger one they went on strike and give them some time, 2-3 weeks have went by and in the last 3 days I got 2 eggs. I do see traces of yoke in 2 boxes, but that's it. I added the light a week ago, 13 hours of light as of now. still nothing.

    what can I do? what am I missing?
     
  2. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would get a new nestbox or two so you have three or four. Are the nestboxes clean? You may want to give them another week to get settled. Good luck!
     
  3. deerchooper

    deerchooper Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a built in 3 box set up.
     
  4. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    have they all molted yet? oh, and what are you feeding them?

    with the cold they may just be putting more into staying warm.
     
  5. deerchooper

    deerchooper Out Of The Brooder

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    dumor layer pellets

    I haven't noticed the older ones molting yet.

    I would say it has got really cold yet.

    im just answering the questions, I have no idea being this is the second winter for me having chickens and the first time adding new to old.
     
  6. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Its probably the cold then. giving them a bucket of hot water in the morning might help.

    If you part their feathers you can see if they're starting to molt.

    good luck! [​IMG]
     

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