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Egg production, dropping *big* time!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by misspoppins, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. misspoppins

    misspoppins Out Of The Brooder

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    A bit of a problem:
    I used to get abut 7-8 eggs per day (I have 8 hens). But for a few weeks now I've been only getting 1 egg per day, if that! Do any of y'all know what's wrong here and how to fix it? [​IMG]

    It has been raining a lot here lately... I don't know if the lack of sunlight is causing this? And I just moved all of my hens into a brand new coop/run about a week ago. Could the stress of the move be the problem?

    Anything y'all can think of to help, would be greatly appreciated! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2009
  2. Mr. Peepers

    Mr. Peepers Out Of The Brooder

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    The stress of the move could be a factor, but most likely it's lack of daylight this time of year.

    Experts recommend 14 hrs of light for best egg production. Do you have a light in the coop?
     
  3. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Yes moving could be a factor also could they be molting? A friend of mine has 4 hens and they are all molting at the same time! She is very upset that she has to buy eggs! As for mine I have 22 (or so [​IMG]) hens, at the beginning of the summer I was getting 14 or so eggs a day, now I am getting 1 or 2. I have a few molting, I assume that's what it is, I have never experienced that before. I had a couple of extra roos and I got rid of those, so I am unsure what the problem is. The weather of course is changing but it didn't effect them like this last year.

    Sorry I can't be of any help, I seem to be in the same eggless boat as you!
     
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I'm lucky at this point to get 1 egg a day - my girls are going into their third winter. I hope they pick up again in Spring..... I have 12 hens!!!
     
  5. misspoppins

    misspoppins Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my girls' first year... so they should be doing good!

    There's nothing I can do, then? They're just stressed or perhaps molting (I don't think they're molting)?
     
  6. captainmoose

    captainmoose Out Of The Brooder

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    Stress from the move could be a factor, and less daylight hours does not help. You could add a light. Do they have enough protien in their diet?
     
  7. GRAM49

    GRAM49 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not glad to see others having difficuties, but glad to see I am not the only one. We went from a dozen a day (14 hens) to 2-3, if we're lucky. I even swithched to a more expensive feed a couple months ago, but that has not helped. I have been in denial about what I think is really going on. They are eating them! This summer in the pen we caught them eating their eggs and soon we were not getting any out of the pen. I think the behavior has carried over into the hen house now. I guess there is nothing to do about it.
    Gram
     
  8. misspoppins

    misspoppins Out Of The Brooder

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    I *assume* they have enough protein... they just eat regular layer pellets.
    What else could I feed them that could add more protein to their diet?
     
  9. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Thats my question also. Mine have feed readily available, am I correct to assume their feed contains enough protein or should I be supplementing? If so with what? I know their own eggs are a great source of protein but that's kind of hard to do when they aren't laying any!! [​IMG]
     
  10. The Wolf Queen

    The Wolf Queen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    I havent gotten an egg in weeks except 4 a single egg yesterday.
     

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