Decreased production.

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  1. Goodwin5

    Goodwin5 Just Hatched

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    I have 20 laying hens that been laying since late November. I've been getting 15-18 eggs a day but the last 2 days they have only laid 12 and 10. Lighting and feed have not changed. Is this common. I'm a little concerned because I have orders to fill and potential new restaurant clients.
     
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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Lighting hasn't changed as in you provide supplemental light? Not sure where you are located but sometimes cold temps decrease production. That's one possibility.
     
  3. Goodwin5

    Goodwin5 Just Hatched

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    I'm in northern Maine. I do provide supplemental heat and try to never let it get below 40°F where they are.
     
  4. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could also be something that stressed them - a storm making the building creek, children or animals running around the cages or similar.
     
  5. Goodwin5

    Goodwin5 Just Hatched

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    Thank you all for the input. I'll keep an eye on the temperature and stress agents and hope they get back to their 15-18 egg a day rate to fill my orders quicker.
     
  6. Goodwin5

    Goodwin5 Just Hatched

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    I think it might have been the temp. Brought room up to 50 and 16/20 laid yesterday.
     
  7. Binki

    Binki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice!! Hopefully it's figured out now :)
     
  8. eHuman

    eHuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens lay full in 20°F weather, cold is not an issue. A sudden temperature swing to hot or cold can cause stress which can affect laying but it is the change itself, not the temperature that causes it.
     

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