Causes in decrease egg production?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Flycropper, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. Flycropper

    Flycropper Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    I have 6 hens and get anywhere 5 to 6 eggs a day. Sunday and yesterday that dropped to 4 and today I had three eggs.

    I kept them locked in their coop most of the day Saturday while rebuilding their run (putting a better cover over it). There was a lot of hammering on the coop, digging, sawing etc. Would that have stressed them to drop egg production?

    Also we have had a quick drop in temps. Would that sudden temp change alter egg production?

    Hens are about 8 months old.
  2. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    We have additional light in our coop but I think the cold makes them drop off too. We normally get 10-11 eggs a day and now are down to about 6-7. Combination of the changing seasons and the cold temps. Last year once they got used to the cold, the egg production went back up (with additional lighting). Just takes a few weeks to adjust.
  4. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
    Quote:Yes, winter does make a difference. You can give the natural break and things will pick up in probably March. Or you can supplement with light. This is the first year I am doing the light. I am using one of those funny shaped new lights. A couple of days a week I do give them a break from the added light.

    I believe it is a personal choice you have to decide what you want to do.
  5. Flycropper

    Flycropper Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Thanks for the helpful replies.
  6. Flycropper

    Flycropper Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    I read Wendy's link to the earlier post. One thing I did last week was change the timer. I was having the timer turn off the light late like 9 pm or so. I did that so I could see when I walked out the coop to lock them in. Recenlty I changed the timer to come on earlier in the morning and turn off earlier in the evening.

    I bet I screwed up their wake/sleep/laying cycle.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2008
  7. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    With all the activity, they may have missed a few bites of feed.

    With the colder temperatures, they may require a few more bites of feed.

    And then there is light . . .

    They need generous helpings - resources available for eggs are a matter of "some to spare."

    And their cycles may be right at hand for them to climb back on and try again.


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