Do 1 or 2 broody hens cause the other hens to stop laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DeniseVasecka, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. DeniseVasecka

    DeniseVasecka Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 19, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    I have 12 hens, mostly cochin hens, some silkies, and a bantam light brama. I also have a little rooster (Squirt!) that does a fine job watching out for and taking care of his harem! I have a couple hens that are really broody - ie: they would live on eggs forever, if I let them! My problem is that I am only getting one egg a day! Do my broody hens cause the other girls to stop laying? There has been a production of 6-8 eggs a day for a while, and suddenly it's 1 or 2 a day! They refuse to tell me what is happening...secrets are kept well!!! ;-)

    Thanks for any help in understanding my sweet kids!
  2. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    A lot of chicken breeds vary their egg production depending on the season of the year. Bantam Cochins are seasonal layers - they lay mostly during the spring and early summer, then start tapering off as the weather gets cooler. Most of my Bantam Cochin hens have stopped laying, and are molting right now. The laying cycle is related to day length. Some of my birds are exposed to the light of a street light at night, so I expect they will continue to lay through the winter. Some people feel that deliberately forcing birds to lay during a time of year when they would not be shortens the life of the birds - I really don't know. Some breeds are hardy enough, they lay pretty much year 'round (Barred Rocks come to mind).
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    None of the breeds you've mentioned are production birds. They could just be tapering off as the days get shorter.

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