do chickens just shut down?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jimz1, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. jimz1

    jimz1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2010
    Coleman, Wi
    It seems that ever since daylight savings time, some of our chickens completely quit laying. We went from 8 to 11 per day down to 1 to 5. We lost a nh red a while back and it seemed like after that they just shut down. The EE hasn't laid an egg for about 3 weeks. I know the loss of one and them not laying is just coincidence, right? Is it the cold and loss of daylight? Will they pick back up if I put a light in the coop?
    Please help me!!!!!!!!!
  2. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2008
    Cypress, Texas
    My 3 easter eggers have stopped too. [​IMG] I've been buying eggs for the past month. It stinks.
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Short days and colder weather (they use more energy to keep warm). A light would help, but some chickens just do not lay wl in the winter.
    If you use a light, put it on a timer to come on around 4 am. Don't leave it on at night, it is hard for chickens to find their roost if it suddenly gets dark.
  4. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Chickens need 14 hours of daylight for peak eggs laying production. You will need a light and a timer if you want them to keep laying all winter.

    They could also be molting, if they are they will stop laying eggs.
  5. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    They may be molting, are there a lot of feathers around? are there combs a little paler and smaller?
  6. hispoptart

    hispoptart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    NW Colorado
    Mine sped up.
  7. artsy1

    artsy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2011
    I live in Fla. and it really hasn't gotten cooler, but I have added a lght in coop. Have had it in there for 4-5 weeks now.
    My 2 BANTAM RIRS haven't been laying eggs either. 1 is broody, even though there is no eggs for her to sit on.
    So I have taken the nest boxes away. keeps trying though. No eggs for weeks?????????
    I know they aren't sick, I know they don't have worms, their diets haven't changed.
    It is good to know I am not the only one going through this.

    btw, they are young and only started laying on9/9

    not molting
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, they do, at certain times for various reasons, because they need a break or because their body is growing in new feathers, etc.
  9. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Where in FL? even in the deep south here mine had always molted by this time of year (although lack of sunshine never slowed them down) a couple of pics might help to ID the problem.

    Also check for a hidden nest or 2.
  10. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    I'm in North Florida and mine moulted and stopped laying...the seramas have now started back. Miss ugly is the only one who never quit. My o shamo is laying but the marans, barred rock, and ALL the polish have quit. 11 hens and I get from one to three eggs now. It'll get better.

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