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Does the extreme cold affect egg laying?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ILoveJoe, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Songster

    Jun 28, 2008
    Northern Kentucky
    My girls have been laying since the 15th of November and the quantity has slowly increased. Yesterday we had 10 eggs (one was a soft shelled fart egg) but today only 3 eggs!!

    Is it the cold weather?

    Should I be concerned a rat has somehow gotten access to the coop and is eating the eggs?
  2. skeeter

    skeeter Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Parma Idaho
    could just be a day they all decided to take off,but if it is too cold they can slow ,mine have,
    my Aunts lay eggs all winter
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I'm in Phoenix and mine have slowed a little... instead of 12 or 13 a day we get 7 or 8.
  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I personally think cold can take a toll on egg laying. Our coop was uninsulated until 2 weeks ago. Since we insulated the coop we are averaging 2 to 3 more eggs a day than we were before.
  5. erinm

    erinm Posting For A change

    Feb 24, 2007
    Central Massachusetts
    Mine are laying eleven eggs daily and it is in teen digits off and on. But I have cold hardy dual purpose breeds. They seem to lay well all winter. I have 16 hens. I swear egg production went up when my roo matured. Is this true? ErinM
  6. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Well, my eggs have slowed down suddenly and significantly when the cold hit, but I found out why...they have been eating them....I think because the roosters have discovered that it is a real warm treat. I have since removed the roosters and my egg production went up the same day I did this...
  7. Ms. Lewis Rich

    Ms. Lewis Rich Songster

    Dec 18, 2007
    I think it has more to do, with the decreased amount of day light.
    You can always give them artifical light on a timer, at least 14 hrs. a day may increase eggs.

    But I guess it's natues way to let their bodies rest from all that hard work makin them eggs!
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2008
  8. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Songster

    Jun 28, 2008
    Northern Kentucky
    I have a red light on in the coop all the time. I keep it on for warmth and so they can see on days like today when it is to cruddy to go out and play.

    I go out in the coop and check on them when I get home from work and last night around 1 am there was an egg. When I go out there at night, they hop off the roost and start eating and putzing around. So yesterday I got 4 eggs. Waaay down from 10 the night before.

    I usually let them out after 10am and there are about 6 eggs, then while I am at work hubby collects a few more and then he locks them up at night.

    I often give them feed when I check on them at night since they jump up and start pecking around.

    So far today (11:30 am) I have already collected 8 eggs.
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    My production went up, but this is because my 5 mo. old pullets started their lay, so I'm sure this isn't typical. My total also went up when I discovered my egg-suckin' hound coming out of the coop! Preventing access has shown a sharp increase in production! [​IMG]
  10. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Songster

    Jun 28, 2008
    Northern Kentucky
    Well by the end of the day today I had an even dozen. I guess yesterday was a glitch in the system.

    Pretty soon all 18 will be laying everyday. Woo Hoooo!

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