Egg production down significant

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by carrlr, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. carrlr

    carrlr Songster

    Mar 31, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    Out of 12 girls, we average around 10 eggs/day. On Friday, we had my first perfect dozen 12 for 12. However on Saturday we had only 4 eggs, and today just one. It's our second year with chicks, and we didn't see this significant of a drop last winter. Sure, just when I had developed a customer base. A number of these girls are new layers, within the past couple of months. So, I've considered the following: Shorter days, so I added a light/timer to give the 14 hours of "light". They are not molting, and don't seem to have any bug problems. It's getting colder with last Friday being our first frost, but i believe my breeds are cold climate birds (see signature block). Any suggestion/comments would be appreciated. Will their production stay low until Spring? Thanks!!

  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Anytime there's a drop or rise in temperatures it puts stress on the chickens and egg laying declines til they adjust to the new temps. This is the time of year the molt kicks in as well. Expect a gradual decline in egg production heading into winter. Edited: I have 11 hens...I get 1 or 2 eggs one day, maybe 5 eggs the next day if that. Five hens are in molt and temperatures are fluctuating hot one day, chilly the next. I'm lucky to be getting what I'm getting.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2010
  3. Ima Chicken Lover

    Ima Chicken Lover In the Brooder

    Oct 13, 2010
    Wow! You get a great supply. Out of 12 girls I'm getting 3-5 maybe 6 eggs per day. 5 of mine are molting though. Tragic!
  4. Urbanfarmerkc

    Urbanfarmerkc Songster

    Apr 10, 2010
    Raytown, MO (BY KCMO)
    mine are just starting to lay and are not too keen on starting in this season.

    Very frustrating.


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