Chickens have stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickiechick72, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. chickiechick72

    chickiechick72 In the Brooder

    Jul 22, 2014
    It has finally reached the mid-90's here in Atlanta, and I'm wondering if my girls are really not liking the heat. I have 5 Rhode Island Reds, and previously, for the last 4 months, we were consistently getting 4 eggs a day. Now, we're lucky if we get one.
    They get plenty of time to free range in the yard. Their coop & run is in a fully shaded area. They get plenty of fresh water every day in multiple locations. They get a variety of the best layer food and greens and scratch and oyster shells I can find for them. I'm just not sure what might help them lay better? I don't think I am holding them too much (each one might get picked up once a week) but maybe they just don't like that at all?
    I'm thinking about putting a large fan near the coop, to keep mosquitoes down as well. And I may cut them another window in the coop just in case they are hot. But then I worry, will the coop become too drafty in the cold?
    Any advice would be very appreciated!

  2. lightchick

    lightchick Crowing

    Apr 3, 2014
    It's probably the heat and it's also molting season. I wouldn't worry about them.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Heat..... and the days are shortening which can trigger molting in adult (over 1 year) birds.
    Chickens molt 4 times between hatch and 1 year.
    If you free range, they maybe laying out in their range could confine them to the coop until noon, or until it's too hot in the coop, that might help. Free rangers sometimes need to be 're-homed' to lay in the coop nests.

    Fans can help, more ventilation is always good...cut new vents, hinging what you cut out so it can be closed in winter if needed. Double action latches and/or 1/2" hardware cloth on all openings to deter predators.
  4. lightchick

    lightchick Crowing

    Apr 3, 2014

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