egg production way down!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TeriS, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. TeriS

    TeriS In the Brooder

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    I am only getting an egg every few days- I have added light so that they have light for 14 hours a day- why have they slowed so much?
     

  2. cravenchx

    cravenchx Songster

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    It's still artificial light.
    I'd say let nature work
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

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    it can take a couple of weeks for increased amount of light to work
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I have 7 watt night lights on in my coops 24/7. It seems to help.
     
  5. TeriS

    TeriS In the Brooder

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    I'm also seeing a lot of feathers on the coop floor- although no one has bare patches on them- could they be molting and that could be reducing egg production? Guess I'm not too sure what molting looks like either.....
     
  6. QualityPolish

    QualityPolish Songster

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    Hmm... well possibly molting. Usually you would notice some baldness but not positive.
     
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Are they over a year old? Are they "spring chickens"? The expression, "she's not a spring chicken anymore" meaning, someone has gotten older, comes from the fact that while a first year pullet will generally lay very well right through their first winter, at their second autumn, they go into moult, take a couple months off from laying and re-boot, if you will.
     

  8. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    My chickens pretty much ground to a laying halt at the age of two years. If they're old they could be slowing down. Either that, or winter/molting is just getting to them. Wait till spring, they should be back up by then. [​IMG]
     
  9. roxyblue

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    well thats good [​IMG] thanks
     
  10. blackbelt

    blackbelt Chirping

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    For the most part egg production goes down some after the time change. Thats nature, however give the lights some time and you'll see an increase. I promise. Here on the website I set my light timer on week before the time change. I have some that will molt, but my egg production does not go down all that much. In the winter The homestead only keep about 40 birds, then in Feb I order our chicks for the spring. Winter time is kinda kick-back time and plan for the spring. I do spend a little more time on our home business, maybe a couple hours a day usually in the evening.
     

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