Easter Eggers break in laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JennCloke, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. JennCloke

    JennCloke New Egg

    Sep 10, 2016
    Western North Carolina
    Hi y'all,

    My Easter Eggers have stopped laying after laying a little sluggishly for the summer! All my other birds are laying around 2 eggs every 3 days.

    Here are my details: I've got a mixed laying flock of 14 hens (Austrolorps, Buff Orpintons, RIRs, Barred Plymouth Rocks, and "Easter Eggers") and two roosters. They live in a 8'x12' coop within a fenced in pasture--they're on pasture with access to the henhouse all day. I built their coop pretty much up to residential building code (because I like only having to do things once), so I don't think a predator is getting into the coop. They have layer pellets, free choice oyster shells, and all the grit they can pick off the ground. Fresh water in the shade, of course, and the occasional damaged veggies from the garden and meat scraps from the butcher block (bear meat and sheep organs at this point). No signs of molting yet, and I checked their vents--all look wide and soft.

    My suspicion is that they're laying somewhere in the pasture and some critter is getting to the eggs before I can. Are there any other possibilities I could be missing? Anything in my set up throw up a red flag?

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I would agree that if you're not finding signs of the molt they are likely laying them in a secret spot. Mine are notorious for that, particularly in the heat as they avoid the roasting hot coop. A thorough search of the property looks in order. Happy hunting!
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    EE's can be inconsistent layers.
    How old are birds?

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