Help from Chicken Veterans...No Eggs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wickett, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. wickett

    wickett Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 chickens that are about 2 years old. They used to be great layers. But this winter I didn't give them the allowed light for egg production. I didn't give them any additional light other than natural sunlight. I thought the egg production would pick up after the daylight became longer but so far nothing. Right now they are only getting about 13 hours of natural sunlight. My question being will they ever start laying again after the natual sunlight becomes longer? Or have I ruined my chickens forever?
     
  2. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
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    If light is the only problem, they will start laying when they are ready. However, if it was a rough winter, they may need additional protein and calcium. The other possibility is that they are already laying again--and eating their eggs, often because of the aforementioned need for additional protein and calcium.

    HTH

    Rusty
     
  3. wickett

    wickett Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the encouragement. I don't think they are eating their eggs because I do get an egg maybe one or if lucky two a week. If they need the extra protein and calcium how do you buy that?
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    You have not ruined your layers. They will start up again. The production will probably be down some as egg production normally decreases wit a hen's age, but 2 year olds should do OK.

    Are they in a molt? They should have done that earlier, but if they are molting, they don't lay.
     

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