Do high temps keep hens from laying eggs

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Oakie75, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Oakie75

    Oakie75 New Egg

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    Fort he last 3 to 4 weeks I have only been getting about 3 eggs a day. That's aout of 20+ hens. I used to get 15 to 20 a day. The last few weeks it has been in the 100's. They have plenty of water to drink but it is freeking hot in the coop. I have a fan in it b ut I would say it is still somewhere around 104 to 111 degrees in there. I don't do the frozen treats because I work all day and I don't have time for that.
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Yes, High temps can slow down laying.

    Imp
     
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not too sure how much the frozen treats would help.

    Eggs are from "surplus" nutrients. Whatever the hen eats goes to maintaining her body and, secondarily, to making eggs.

    Hot weather lowers her need for calories and reduces her appetite, overall. There may well not be surplus calories and protein for eggs.

    Feeding low-protein foods doesn't make sense during hot weather - not for egg production, anyway. There's a good deal of protein in an egg. Where can that protein come from if the hen is loading up on anything but a high-protein diet?

    Steve
     

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