GGGRRRR! All of the sudden they're not laying!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rapunzil, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. rapunzil

    rapunzil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 30+ birds and normally get 12 - 18 eggs a day. For the last week have only been getting 4 - 6.

    We have been experiencing a heatwave/humidity here in NJ for the last month, but now the weather is much better. However they still aren't laying well.

    The only thing I can think of is that its time to clean the coop, its starting to get stinky.

    Any other thoughts?
     
  2. phaethona

    phaethona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ACV in their water to de-worm?
    maybe check to make sure their feed isn't water-damaged or molded?
     
  3. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Are they enclosed all day or laying out in the grass?

    Look for hidden nests.

    You may have rats/skunks eating eggs.

    When is the last time you wormed? More than a year?

    Made any changes in the pecking order lately?

    Switched chicken feed on them?

    Starting to molt already? (I have one doing that now)

    So many factors can change laying habits.
     
  4. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 30 hens as well and getting 6-7 eggs a day as well. I was wondering what was up as well. Then it dawned on me that I was noticing quite a few feathers in the coop. So I started checking hens, yep most have gone into molt. Seems way to early.
     
  5. Chicken Girl

    Chicken Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Weird! Mine are molting too!


    Chicken Girl
     
  6. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    mine too.
     
  7. whudson

    whudson Out Of The Brooder

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    So how long does this non-egg laying molting period last?
     
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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