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Freeloadin' Hens in Phoenix

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by horsefeathers09, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. horsefeathers09

    horsefeathers09 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 hens 1 to 2 1/2 yrs old, live in arizona where the temps are about 45 at night and 60 during the day for an average. All but 1 hen has quit laying for about a month now. [​IMG] Last year they produced all through the winter, so I guess this is why I'm a bit concerned. Oh, and no, I don't have a light on them to extend daylight - nor a heat lamp in their coop - never have. They have a nice set-up, good air flow, clean, with full shelter from inclement weather - and are free range. Thanks, amy
     
  2. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    They might be moulting....

    How old are they? This can make a difference.

    Have you recently changed their feed, this can make a difference.

    I bet you do miss your eggs, Hope they start back up for you really soon.
     
  3. horsefeathers09

    horsefeathers09 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, actually I did change their feed. They are 1 yr and none older than 2.5. Gosh it never dawned on me the feed change could alter production. Thanks
     
  4. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

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    It is molting season and most chickens will slow in laying or stop all together when they are molting. I bet if you just give it til we start getting warmer weather your eggs will start showing up.
     
  5. davidb

    davidb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    moulting and the feed change is my guess
     
  6. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in pretty much the same situation. 6 hens and none are laying! Last year I just had two, and they laid all winter like champs, I never thought twice about it. Now the older two have finished a hard molt, and today one of them squatted for me![​IMG] Her comb is red, and soon I will have eggs! Hopefully the others will soon follow suit.....I wouldn't worry too much about yours if they seem healthy.
     

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