Do chickens go through laying "lulls"?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by the lone rhubarb, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. the lone rhubarb

    the lone rhubarb Out Of The Brooder

    I have about 15 RIRs and plymoth barred rock hens, and for the past few weeks, they have only been laying
    from like 1 to 4 eggs a day, and I am picking them up on time, and feeding with oyster shell and everything,
    but they just still won't lay!!! I am getting rather frustrated, as feed costs alot, and my usual customers keep
    asking when I will have eggs again. Any advice? [​IMG] [​IMG] haha
     
  2. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know what the light and temperatures are on "the Moon" but here both are decreasing here which slows the birds down a bit. It also depends on the age of the birds, what is going on around them, whether they've decided to moult or if they have found a good place to hide the eggs. Lots of reasons but "yes" they do go through lulls. You do have a couple of good laying breeds so they should continue or return to a fairly decent rate--again depending on age.
     
  3. Tropical Chook

    Tropical Chook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they do go through lulls for a number of reasons. Hang in there, they will fire up again [​IMG]
     
  4. beachchickie

    beachchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, first look for alternate places they may be laying. If they free range at all. I found a clutch with 13 eggs in it once. Having said that- mine are not laying as much over the last 2wks as before. I am searching hi and lo for nests other than the nice ones we built but so far none have been located. We blocked the one from b/f. They laid there b/c we were out of town and the wind blew the door closed on the coop.
     
  5. chick4chix

    chick4chix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are all in a molt- no eggs for the past three weeks [​IMG]
     
  6. the lone rhubarb

    the lone rhubarb Out Of The Brooder

    Hmmmmm... well thanks guys!!!! They don't free range and there is nowhere for them to hide eggs I have just
    cleaned the coop. It is cooling down a bit here but not much.
    Another thing I have been suspicious of, is that some of those pesky RIR hens have been eating them.
    They will simply walk up to (someone ELSES egg), and just peck it open. Last time I caught one, boy did she
    get a good ol' mud-boot-out-the-door!!!!! Haha. But, really, it isn't much of a laughing matter, because feed and eggs
    are money, and I can't spend it on just having chicken "pets". But, thank you guys very much, I really appreciate the help!!! [​IMG]
     

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