Chicken stop

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickiesoo, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. chickiesoo

    chickiesoo Hatching

    Aug 9, 2016
    Hi chicken friends. I have a question. .my chickens went from 20 eggs a day to 0. In 2 1/2 weeks what can I do
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, chickiesoo, and :welcome. Happy you joined us. Wow! Very puzzling to go from 20 eggs to zero. This happened over the span of 2-1/2 weeks, dwindling each day til you reached zero? Do they seem otherwise happy and healthy??
    Not sure where you live but if it is super hot, chickens really slow down production. Another possibility - again heat related - if they free range or have access to cooler shady places (under bushes, etc.) you might look in these types of areas. Mine are quite clever and I sometimes find a clutch in tall grass that I walk beside everyday but never notice a nest until I am searching or almost step on it. Search thoroughly.
    Another possibility...could something (or someone??) be stealing the eggs? Seems unlikely that a non-human predator would wipe you out day after day...but a human one?
    Still another idea...could one or more of your birds be an egg eater? This can be tough to know for sure as they often eat the contents as well as the shell.
    From the ideas I can come up with (barring a health issue afflicting your whole flock) I would think them laying in dark shady areas is the most likely. Others may have different opinions. Best of luck! :)
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  3. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crossing the Road

    Mar 21, 2016
    Maricopa, AZ. (near Phoenix)
    Hello, and welcome to BYC! Chickens usually slow down during stress, molting, or too hot of weather.
  4. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful

    Apr 11, 2010

    I am hearing that this heat..if you are getting real hot like we have had, will slow them down..different breeds that is. All of my layers .. only 5, are laying great. Laying breeds.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Most chicken breeds can tolerate cold much better than heat. You can get breeds that do well in hot conditions. Or provide lots of shade for your hens, real or manufactured. Put out misting hoses to help cool them down. Set out shallow pans of water, they can stand in. Cool feet = cooler body. Freeze bottles of water and set out- birds like to sit near them. Cover your run with solid shade material or even tarps to keep some sun off of them.

    Let them out early am and then before dusk. Use fans(the birds can't reach) in the coop - moving air feels cooler.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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