Help!! My girls have all but stopped laying!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thehippiechick, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. thehippiechick

    thehippiechick Hatching

    Mar 31, 2008
    OMG! I can't handle this! I have 4 layers, 2 cochins, and 5 babies and my 4 layers were giving me 4 eggs a day and then BOOM!, now I get maybe 1 egg a day! WHY!?? I have one done gone broody on me but the others are okay. Also, even though there are 4 nests, when the others do decide to give up the goods, they get on top of Kim (a.k.a. broody butt) in the nest and lay on top of her! Help me out as I am new and frustrated! And greedy. I want my eggs!
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Welcome to byc! You should really separate your broody from the rest. if other hens are laying in there, you will have a stagggered hatch. (considering of course that you have a roo)I had the same situation a month or so ago. If you don't have a roo, then you either have to break her broodiness or get some fertile eggs under her. As far as the others not laying [​IMG].

    hens like to lay where other eggs are, wo even if there are other nesting boxes--they will lay where other eggs are, even if another hen is in there.
    try separating the broody with some eggs, and see how the laying goes from there.

    Good Luck!
  3. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Dothan, AL
    What are the temps like there? Sometimes hens will quit laying when it gets too hot.
  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Are they molting? When they molt, they put all their energy toward that instead of laying.
  5. thehippiechick

    thehippiechick Hatching

    Mar 31, 2008
    Okay, to qoute Matthew Broderick, "It's like Africa hot" here in KY! No one is molting, at least I don't think so, remember I'm kinda' new. So maybe it is the heat. I will move Kim to see if that helps. I feel sorry for her since I know it's even hotter in that nesting box! Bless her maternal instinct! BTW, my up-til-now useless cochins have started contributing. I got a tiny little egg from one of the girls. After 4 months I get 1 egg? I don't think she's earned her keep!
  6. Sahara

    Sahara Songster

    Apr 22, 2008
    Keystone Heights, FL
    Mine have slowed down considerably since it has gotten so hot. I was getting two a day out of three hens, now I am lucky to get one. Today I did get two but it is the first time in over a week.
  7. Renegade

    Renegade Songster

    Oct 8, 2007
    Griffin, GA
    Mine have slowed down as well. It has been very hot here.


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