egg production down

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Welsh Chick, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. Welsh Chick

    Welsh Chick New Egg

    Jan 30, 2009
    I have 6 hens who are all around 9-10 months old - typically since they started laying we were sure of 4-5 eggs a day and sometimes 6. Recently, for about 2 or 3 weeks, we've been down to 1, 2 or 3 eggs a day. I haven't changed their food, they get some scraps a few times a week and they are behaving normally otherwise. We did just find one egg underneath the hen house but just the one. We did introduce 3 new buffs about 6 weeks ago (stupid, I know, having subsequently read the advice), one of the buffs died suddenly 3 weeks ago and I've been monitoring them all since and all seem healthy. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
  2. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2009
    Western Pa
    Maybe they are laying them somewhere that your not looking? Maybe they just haven't adjusted well to the other chickens?
  3. HidingInTheHenHouse

    HidingInTheHenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2008
    Could they be molting?? Sometimes it is not real obvious. If they are a year old and have been laying all winter, then it is likely they will molt soon, and egg production drops off when they molt.

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