Anyone else experiencing a decrease in egg-laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AllChookUp, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Hi, all - I just got back from a 2-week vacation in MT and WY.

    The wonderful neighbors who watched our 2 mature hens and 11 chicks reported that the hens laid only 3 eggs in the 2 weeks while we were gone.

    I was noticing that the egg production had dropped from 1 or 2 per day to one or two every three days.

    The hens are mature, probably about 4 years old (got them from my cousin earlier this year).

    Is this normal? I was assuming the drop in laying was due to the heat lately, but it seems like they've shut off completely.
     
  2. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    The heat stopped eggs here completely and i have about 15 layers. As soon as it cooled down it picked right up. I think it is normal.
     
  3. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Lurky - I expected that, but wanted to be sure in case there's anything I should be doing for the chickens.
     
  4. fivebigreds

    fivebigreds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    middle Tennessee
    In this heat all mine want to do is lay under the coop and sip mint julips. No they aren't laying as much.
     
  5. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Quote:Well, i give mine yogurt....its cold and good for them and it really seemed to make mine feel better. I had one i almost lost to the heat. She did not do well.......but the yogurt made a huge difference. They like watermelon too. But i try to limit the fuit so i save it for the bad days when you know they need it. I hate to say it, but the summer is nearing its end and i think the birds will be welcoming FALL [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2008
  6. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    We started noticing a decline in the egg laying a few months ago. I suspected a snake but never saw it. My husband saw it about a month ago and finally we got it. I put white easter eggs filled with sand in the nest box and it ate one. It slowed him down enough that we could dispose of it. A few days later we found a copperhead in the coop. I think the snake away we put around the coop actually attracted them. Not really, but it seems that way. It has been a back year here for snakes-- I've see 3 water mocassins, 2 copperheads, 1 chicken snake so far. The heat here is bad. Yesterday, it was 106.7 steamy degrees here. I have the mister on the chickens to help cool them off, they love it.
     
  7. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    lurky wrote:
    I hate to say it, but the summer is nearing its end and i think the birds will be welcoming FALL

    The chickens are not the only ones. I am really looking forward to fall - I love fall & winter!
    [​IMG]
     
  8. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Yeah me too. I'll love it more this year. We re-built the gates to get into the coop. They are bigger now and we can get the snow blower in there [​IMG]
     
  9. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Now THAT'S thinking![​IMG]
     

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