Egglaying & flock dynamics when chicks are present????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gabby3535, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Songster

    Can anyone tell me, please, what's going on here?
    I had a hen go broody about 7 weeks ago or so. Got her some fertile eggs to hatch, and now, presently, she is raising 3 little chicks within the flock.
    When she originally went broody, the egg production of the other 5 hens dropped off a lot.........(i.e.......before broody, I would get 4-6 eggs, out of 6 hens, per day.
    After broodiness set in.......egg production dropped off to, perhaps 2-3 eggs per day.)
    But since the chicks hatched........and they are 3 weeks old now......I'm lucky if I get one egg per day. And some of the girls have not laid an egg at all in weeks!
    Is this common after chicks are hatched, and are being raised by the mom in with the other girls????
    Or is something else going on?
    Any ideas?
  2. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Songster

    Bump.......Can anyone reply, please??
  3. Keri78

    Keri78 Songster

    Oct 17, 2009
    Not sure? Sounds like you just need some more hens![​IMG][​IMG]
  4. fishermans wife

    fishermans wife Songster

    Sep 2, 2009
    Ventura County
    I could have written you story! I have had the same experience. The chicks are 6 weeks old - and today was my best day 3 eggs out of 5 hens. I usually get 1 or none. So frustrating! I hope someone who can explain it can chime in with a good answer!
  5. clarkestep

    clarkestep Songster

    May 20, 2008
    N Metro Atlanta
    Mine tend to drop off when it is extremely hot out. In the ATL it has been over 90F for the last 11 days straight. Maybe this is happening.
  6. Siler

    Siler Songster

    Jan 25, 2010
    Central Indiana
    Do you have more than one nest? If not then offer them another. Are they free-range? Have you checked the yard if so?
  7. fishermans wife

    fishermans wife Songster

    Sep 2, 2009
    Ventura County
    I have 5 nest boxes - beautiful weather (70-80's) and checked the yard over and over. The one difference in their lives....chicks.... [​IMG]
  8. rubyrogue

    rubyrogue Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Dont know what going on but its going on here too. 12 hens in that coop one with 5 wk olds i get maybe 5 eggs a day, if im lucky.
  9. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    same over here in belgium too!
    hen goes broody, egg production drops from 10 per day to 2/3 eggs,
    broody removed with chicks..egg production rose to around 5 or 6 per day
    bought some 6 week old chicks, introduced them to the now lucky if i get 1 egg per day from 15 original chickens [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2010

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