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Eggs then no eggs...what's up?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mackenziesmomma, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. mackenziesmomma

    mackenziesmomma In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2008
    July 4th we woke up to 9 eggs and had a delicious breakfast. The next day we only got two eggs. Since then- none!

    What's going on?
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Do they free range? Can they be hiding their eggs?

    Are they new layers? - new layers often take a while to get up to speed on production.

    Is it horribly hot? Excessive heat will slow production

    Do you have an egg thief? All kinds of pests will eat and steal eggs - snakes and rats are two of the more common ones that will do so without harming the hens. Sometimes you'll get an egg eating hen too, but usually there is evidence left behind at the scene - ie sticky mess, shell bits, etc.
  3. mackenziesmomma

    mackenziesmomma In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2008
    thanks for the quick reply! [​IMG]

    Yes they are new layers. How long between the first eggs to the next batch? How long does it take before they are regular layers?

    I have two chicken tractors (6 hens in each) that I move daily so that they can free range.

    While it is hot, they are covered with open sides so I wouldn't think they would be miserable from the heat.

    As far as preds. hmmm... could be but it is pretty hard to get in the tractor.
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Did you have lots of fireworks? Some ppl don't get many eggs after the 4th b/c the fireworks have spoked the hens.
  5. mackenziesmomma

    mackenziesmomma In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2008
    hmm- some. Puzzling though
  6. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Songster

    Dec 18, 2007
    Catawba County, NC
    My girls got their beaks out of joint when I switched their brand of laying pellets, quit laying till I switched back....talk about spoiled! [​IMG]

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