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Chickens stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kris reutzel, May 18, 2017.

  1. kris reutzel

    kris reutzel New Egg

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    We have 12 hens of mixed breeds and all were laying regularly....about three weeks ago we went from getting 8 or 10 eggs a day to 1-3! it has stayed consistent. everyone seems healthy, they free range for food, nothing traumatic has happened, and we have not seen evidence of egg eating. We have also looked EVERYWHERE to see if they are laying elsewhere and can't find anything. Any thoughts?! Even though it is spring and light is longer now, we turned the light back on in their coop to see if that helped but did not seem to change anything.

    HELP!
     
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC...

    How old are they?
    Anything "crazy" happen recently?
    Do they never receive store bought feed.....only free range?
     
  3. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC...

    How old are they?
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    Do they never receive store bought feed.....only free range?
     
  4. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC...

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    Do they never receive store bought feed.....only free range?
     
  5. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC...

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  6. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC...

    How old are they?
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    Do they never receive store bought feed.....only free range?
     
  7. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Also, has it been especially hot lately?
     
  8. kris reutzel

    kris reutzel New Egg

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    we have had a couple of hot days, but also had some really cold days mixed in. it's been strange weather. we give them feed through the winter but as soon as spring has really set in we stop. we started feeding them again 2 days ago just in case that was the issue. they have tons of acres to forage and i also give them bread/fruit/veggie scraps
    They are mixed ages....oldest are 4 years, youngest are about 1
     
  9. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The feed may be the issue, they do need proper nutrition to lay....(and bread isn't going to provide it.)
    But another issue with free rangers is that sometimes they have hidden nest(s).
     
  10. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

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    I have a friend who relies only on free ranging for food...he always goes through these "spells" and wonders why..
    All free range food is not always available.
    I'd suggest offering feed year round to avoid these type "spell" if not possible, then accept these type "spells" to happen often and consider them normal.
     
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