Are my hens done producing eggs?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TinaTot, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. TinaTot

    TinaTot Just Hatched

    Dec 16, 2016
    Hi all, newbie here :)

    I have two auracanas who were given to me by a friend when I first started raising chickens early in 2016. She also had been given them from a friend before me, so basically we have a swap going on. Needless to say, Both of the ladies have an unknown age.

    In summertime they both were laying beautiful blue eggs daily, and then once July-august hit, one stopped laying completely and the other was phasing out-- even found an egg or two in the yard and in the tree line. Once august ended, neither chicken has laid an egg since.

    They both went through a time where they loooked like they were partially molting, but never lost too many feathers. Their butts look good, fluffy and clean, and they still roam and eat with the other chickens.

    Since it's gotten cold this past month, both spend a good bit of time together in the coop on the roost, not really going outside a ton.

    Needless to say, it has been about 4 months since the eggs have stopped-- I'm kind of thinking that they are done.

  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    Many older hens slow way down on production. If you don't have supplemental light in your coop then it's fairly normal for laying to stop or slow way down in the winter. Even with light, I have many older hens that hardly lay in the be honest, I have some that simply hardly lay anyway. [​IMG]

    My guess is that they'll pick up laying again in the spring....maybe even sooner if you add light. Some breeds don't lay much in the winter regardless of light, though.
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. You have some good advice from SIMZ, so i will just say a big hello.

    Best wishes
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  4. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    It's nice to have you here!
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  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and my warmest welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you decided to join the community and I do hope you will make yourself at home here! :frow
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under TinaTot [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some helpful information I will just add that I hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens, so glad you joined the flock [​IMG]
  8. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I am glad you joined us, best wishes!

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