Chickens not laying eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Freedom Acres, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. Freedom Acres

    Freedom Acres Chirping

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    Hello!
    We have about 25, 1 1/2 year old chickens (Easter Eggers and Sexlinks) that have laid pretty well this year, but after molting (about 2 months ago) they haven't laid a single egg. I don't think it's a feed issue because they are in a moveable coop and electric fence and getting plenty of grass as well as a normal amount of non-gmo layer pellets. We have tried upping their feed along with deworming them naturally, but no change. We thought it could be the weather change, since it's almost winter, but all our neighbors are getting eggs...

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Molpet

    Molpet Free Ranging

    do your neighbors have artificial light in the coop? the lack of light effects the hens laying, pullets tend to keep laying longer
    also you can try upping the protein.. I feed grower with oyster shell available.
     
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  3. I think it could be the winter, I have a bunch of hens and am getting 0 eggs. However, they are getting fairly old, their egg rate will definitely go down.

    Other people should respond soon, and they will have more input. ;)
     
  4. Freedom Acres

    Freedom Acres Chirping

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    None of them have artificial light and they get their feed from the same place we do. I've never thought about using grower for extra protein! I'll have to see if that will help at all. Do you just feed that during the winter and then go back to regular for the rest of the year?
     
  5. Freedom Acres

    Freedom Acres Chirping

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    I could be the winter. Thanks!
     
  6. rebrascora

    rebrascora Crowing

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    My guess would be that your neighbours have some younger birds. It is perfectly normal for hens not to start back up laying until after the winter solstice. I have 18 and have not had any eggs for weeks from the last one to moult but some started dropping feathers 2-3months ago. I am starting to see some of their combs pinking up a little now but I think it will probably be another couple of weeks at least before they start up again and some may wait until Feb/March.
     
  7. Chickassan

    Chickassan Crossing the Road

    It's the molt,they might start back laying fairly soon "mine started in September and only started laying again late November "or they might wait until after winter solstice. :)
     
  8. Molpet

    Molpet Free Ranging

    I have a better hatch rate when I feed grower, so I started feeding it yr around...one less type of feed to stock..
     
  9. Freedom Acres

    Freedom Acres Chirping

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    Ok, thank you! I have a source for Non-Gmo grower feed, so I think I'll try that through the Winter at least.
     
  10. Freedom Acres

    Freedom Acres Chirping

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    That's very helpful info. Thank you! How long do you think molt usually takes? I have heard varied opinions on it and really don't know what to expect.
     

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