Egg laying gone way down

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by horseluver2me, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. horseluver2me

    horseluver2me Out Of The Brooder

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    i was getting about 8 eggs a day from my girls. now all of a sudden i am only getting 2 eggs a day. the days are still nice and warm and somewhat long. and they seem happy i dont know what to do about it.. any suggestions?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    How old are they?
     
  3. horseluver2me

    horseluver2me Out Of The Brooder

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    some of them were hatched at the end of February, others are about 2 years old, i also have some that are about 8 weeks old. i have about 30 in all
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    The hens, the layers, are 2 years old? If so, they are shutting down, most likely, and preparing for a moult. It's what they do.
     
  5. horseluver2me

    horseluver2me Out Of The Brooder

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    my pullets were laying really well also. will they go through the molt at the same time?
     
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    No. Next year.

    You should probably run "the check list". Common sense stuff. Hiding eggs off site, egg eating, exterior mites, lice, internal worms, and recent scare from predators, that kind of thing.
     
  7. horseluver2me

    horseluver2me Out Of The Brooder

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    i have looked everywhere it seems for eggs... (they are hired for easter!) they all seem to be themselves. our neighbors horse was attacked by a coyote about a week and a half ago so i know they are in the area.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Confine them for a few days and see how many you get. They'll lay places you'd never think.
     

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