Easter Egger laying questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ccabal, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. ccabal

    ccabal Chirping

    Aug 1, 2013
    Hi all,
    I have a white easter egger, who in her second year layed pretty well, but towards the end of that following winter got a eye infection and lost one of her eyes. That following year (which was last year) she didn't lay much at all, but I was thinking it was because she was recovering from her loss of her eye. She has healed up pretty well, and then this spring started laying a bit more, but then stopped. She probably has laid about two dozen eggs total this year. I am wondering if this is abnormal? Or are Easter Eggers suppossed to not lay many eggs.... or is this a permanent effect of her eye loss?

    BTW she's the chicken eating spaghetti on my avatar pic.[​IMG]

    Last edited: Nov 13, 2016
  2. The egg laying problem may as well also be because she's aging. Anywhere after 2, the production may die down. We also have an all white Easter egger Lilly :)
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  4. I have learned from experience they are great winter layers and usually do lay a decent amount of eggs.
  5. ccabal

    ccabal Chirping

    Aug 1, 2013
    I know that egg laying is supposed to slow down the older they get, but I just got 24 eggs from her last year, and was wondering if the dropoff in egg production is usually that extreme with these Easter Eggers? Or if it could be the loss of the eye permanently affected her?

    BTW I love that chicken, and couldn't think of culling her.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2016
  6. She may as well be recovering as you said.
  7. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Hi. [​IMG]

    I had an EE that was a very inconsistent layer. Enough to make me consider not getting them again.

    The chicken eating spaghetti is dang cute! [​IMG] But that could be part of your problem... what are you feeding, including treats?

    I would recommend culling, but since that ain't your cup of tea.... maybe just be accepting.

    Sometimes laying is effected by things such as age, injuries, predators, crowding, weather, and nutrition. But since this ongoing for a long period of time my biggest suspicion is breed followed by nutrition and age. Not pointing any fingers on nutrition, just discussing it as a possibility since more often than not it's related. [​IMG]

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