Chickens not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Space Cat, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. Space Cat

    Space Cat Just Hatched

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    My chickens have cut way back on laying eggs. I introducted a rooster to the group this spring and he is now fully mature. Would this have anything to do with their recent lack of production? I had one brooding and I think I have one that's eating the eggs, but others seem to have stopped. Any thoughts?

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  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    This is the time of year that birds molt. How old are they? They generally cannot lay eggs and replace feathers, all of their energy goes into replacing feathers. Some molting birds can lose a lot of weight, so after they get their feathers back in, they have to get their body weight back up before they can resume laying.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What are you feeding?
     
  4. Space Cat

    Space Cat Just Hatched

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    They've been on a organic layers mash since forever. I've had bought two adult birds last year, (who may have been older than was advertised), plus 3 newbies... Then introduced 3 babies this spring, plus a baby rooster. Laying has trickled off even after molting. They have adequate space, places to roost and nest, look healthy. I'm going to set up a camera and see if I can pick up any clues.

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  6. acemario

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    Another factor is the shorter days. Hens laying production is directly related to the amount of light. Fourteen hours is what will help to produce the most eggs, I believe. Some chicken keepers will put supplemental lighting in the coop to promote egg production. You can find lots of information on this site (https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/403343/supplemental-light-for-winter-laying).
     
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