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Egg Production Way Down - Don't Know Why

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by EggheadsRus, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. EggheadsRus

    EggheadsRus Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Ya'll,

    I have 12 Australorp hens that used to give me a minimum of 2 dozen eggs a week and now I'm lucky if I getting 6-8 eggs. This has been going on for the past month or so. I know that heat can sometimes affect egg production but I've had these girls for two years and the heat didn't bother them at all last year. I live in MS where it gets hot and humid in the summertime (earlier than normal this year). Does anyone have any ideas why they have almost come to a complete stop in the egg department? [​IMG]


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  2. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    As much as we'd like, they aren't little machines. I've also had a drop off in my egg production .. I contribute it to heat and increased predator harrassment ... I can work on one, but not much I can do about the other ..

    Good luck!
     
  3. EggheadsRus

    EggheadsRus Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Age: they will be 2yrs old end of July -- should they already be going way down in production?

    Feed: we give them layer pellets, scratch 2x day and they have a small container of oyster shells

    Environment: besides the heat things haven't changed much in the past two months. The only predators we get are snakes as our dogs and the pigs keep everything else away. I have caught a snake in their run before and their egg production didn't change.

    Molt: don't they normally molt in the fall? a few of them do seem to be molting now as they have no feathers on their necks... at least I assume that is molt [​IMG]

    This is seriously affecting my egg sales as I have a standing order for 2-3 dozen a week, and now can't even gather up 1 dozen!! [​IMG]
     
  4. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    After their 2nd year molt production will decline. Sounds like you have some molting now.

    Maybe you have a predator stealing some eggs. Snake? Crow?
     
  5. EggheadsRus

    EggheadsRus Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:How long does a molt last on average? Hmm..might have another pesky snake stealing some eggs; definitely not a crow or anything else as they are enclosed in a run and we have a layer box for them so anything larger than a snake can't get in...

    I heard that if you put sulfur down around the outside that snakes won't cross it, might need to try that.



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  6. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You could try deer neting around the run. the snakes would get tangled in it.
     
  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I saw a thread here the other day about using those old fashioned metal minnow buckets to catch snakes; evidently worked quite well. Like minnows, snakes apparently can't figure out how to get out of the cone shaped entrance. Have also read how well deer netting works; you need to sort of bunch it up around the coop. Molts can last a few months; like everything else, it varies.
     

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