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Hens Almost Stopped Laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 303hunter, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. 303hunter

    303hunter Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 7 sex links that have gone from 5-6 eggs daily, to 2. This has been happening for 4-5 weeks. I've given them oyster shell, and table scraps. I have 4 younger barred rocks that are laying 2-3 daily. What am I missing?
     
  2. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Are they molting? They won't lay while that is going on. The shorter hours of daylight can cause egg laying to slow down too.
     
  3. 303hunter

    303hunter Out Of The Brooder

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    No not moulting, and weather has been fairly mild.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    It's not weather that slows down production at this time of year, it's the shorter days. They need about 14 hours of daylight to maintain production. As the days get shorter, production slows. They will start again once the days start getting longer, which won't be for another 4 weeks or so.
     
  5. 303hunter

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    Thanks, that sounds good.
     

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