Are SoCal chickens different?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Linda in San Diego, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens are still laying a good number of eggs each day. A week ago I figured the Delightful Dozen were slowing down, we had a day with just 3 eggs, then 2 days with just 5 from the Delightful Dozen.
    But then this week, they are back on track with about 7 a day. Does that qualify as slowing down? We were getting 9+ a day last month....
    Just wondering.
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Can I just say...... [​IMG]

    Mine are on strike. But it is colder here than down there. You are gonna make a lot of people jealous with that post. [​IMG] Glad YOU are getting so many. [​IMG]
     
  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    I have five laying and I have been getting 3 or 4 a day. Only 1 so far today though... they better get laying!
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Mine slowed down for around a week when the weather turned cooler and are now back up to full production.
    It's my understanding that some breeds slow down in winter and stay down throughout the cold weather.
    Others, like mine have a slight slow down and then go back to laying as normal.
    It all depends on the breed. Which makes me extra glad I got a breed known for their winter laying.
     
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I guess it is breed specific - my EE's both stopped completely as did the our turken. My BO lays daily and our SSH does too. Our black sex link every other day right now. Still not many compared to 5 a day all summer.
     
  6. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't get me wrong, I don't want them to stop. But I am puzzled that I see no signs of a moult, very little change in egg numbers. I guess I will just play it by ear, LOL.

    My 3 EE are going strong and everyone else is hanging in, I guess that is the good thing about having a mixture of breeds.
     
  7. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    I have had a few start to lay their first eggs this week. One black marans, one brownred turken, two partridge silkies, my jersey giant, something laying white... (barred rock?) but the birds I REALLY want to start laying... they just scratch and peck mostly, and beat up the birds that are laying!
     
  8. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think that the mild climate (it's unfair that some parts of the country have such a beautiful climate year round) would encourage the hens to lay indefinitely. The fact that they can go outside and scratch around in the sun, and receive lots of light, even though it might be for fewer hours would be an advantage.

    BTW: I simply LOVE San Diego. The weather is perfect, the scenery beautiful, and the cultural opportunities are great. If it weren't for the earthquakes, wildfires, mudslides, and mass murderers, it would be paradise on earth. Guess I'll have to stay here and put up with our tornadoes, blizzards, ice storms, and rattlesnakes. Happy Thanksgiving!
     

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