Decreased production...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DVTO2, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. DVTO2

    DVTO2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have six Golden Comets. The first year their egg production was fantastic - almost an egg a day and at least 6 a week. Just about a year later, their production dropped to about an egg every other day. I thought maybe this was due to molting, but it's gone on now for 4 months - could this till be molting. Is it normal for egg production to drop off this quickly - I thought I would get at least two years of good production out of these hens.
     
  2. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

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    It could be Winter
     
  3. magnolia-1971

    magnolia-1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yep, winter;)
     
  4. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    Lower light, less protein available because they are using it to replace their feathers... I have 22 chickens, I am getting two eggs per day.

    chicken stock time!
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    It could possibly be molting. Normally it does not take that long, but some hens can take even longer. Here are a couple of articles on molting that might help.

    Mississippi State describes molting
    http://msucares.com/poultry/management/poultry_feathers.html

    Kansas State feather loss
    http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/library/lvstk2/mf2308.pdf

    Have your hens molted? It is pretty normal for my pullets to lay throughout their first winter and just skip the molt. But they always molt their second fall. If a hen goes a really long time without molting, the egg shell color gets real pale if she lays brown eggs, but after a molt the eggs are back to a real pretty brown. It is also not unusual for a hen to slow down in egg production if she has gone a really long time without a molt. It certainly could just be winter, but it could also be that they need a molt.
     
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2011
  6. DVTO2

    DVTO2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If its molting its been a slow molt.

    They produced right through last winter. I do give them extra light.
     

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