Free range chickens not laying well when I have to keep up - is this normal?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Enimo, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. Enimo

    Enimo New Egg

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    I have great egg layers - black australorps, barred rocks, leghorns, etc and they usually free range until the door closes on the coop at night. I lost a few to predators and I am now letting them out less. I usually gather 8-12 eggs a day. I have had a couple days recently - today being one - that I only gathered one egg. I had a snake in the coop one day but I "eliminated" him. Is it normal for chickens to boycott laying when they are put up? Also, my Ameraucana was laying an extra large blue egg almost daily and hasn't laid the last 3 days. I have 12 hens and one rooster. When they are out they range on 6 acres. When they are in they have a coop that is 10x20 with one large waterer and one large feeder of layer crumbles. Should I add different food? It has been cooler lately - 50's at night. Any ideas?? Thanks
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    It maybe just the change in routine that has them a little cheesed off. Chickens are creatures of habit, so keeping them in the coop when they are used to free ranging may be causing them a bit of stress, and hence laying less.

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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    How old are they?
     
  4. littlechicks02

    littlechicks02 Out Of The Brooder

    Are they perhaps a bit mistrustful of the coop boxes, and laying in hidey-holes when they free range as a "safer" alternative place after being spooked by the snake and/or recent deaths.
     

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