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hens have all but completly stopped laying I NEED HELP

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by djmooney, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. djmooney

    djmooney Songster

    May 13, 2009
    they are only two years old, they're eating and acting fine and they layed fine through last winter and it rally hasn't got cold yet
    i dont know why, They already molted i just dont get it i went from 11-12 eggs a day down to 1-2

  2. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Light has a lot to do with it.
  3. djmooney

    djmooney Songster

    May 13, 2009
    really ? i never thought about that but i bet your right... The thing is i didnt afect them last year. could it be that since their older it affects them more?
  4. chickens4me

    chickens4me Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    South Carolina
    My 2 year old hens are not laying well, either. I was just thinking yesterday that I should put a light in their coop, too. (The only one laying consistently is my Red Star. She is a trooper!)
  5. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    I put a light on a timer in my coop - just a regular 40 watt bulb. It comes on at 5:30 a.m. and goes off at 7:30 - my egg production has picked up - from 3-4 eggs to 8-9.
  6. claud

    claud Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    Most hens will lay through their first year and many won't lay through their second year. You hens are pretty normal.
    They usually molt in early fall just as the days are getting shorter which pretty much stops the egg production.
    You can try adding light - I never do because I just think they need a break - but it's an option. They may not lay like it's spring but it should increase production somewhat.
  7. slewis

    slewis In the Brooder

    Oct 24, 2009
    Kamas Utah
    I have 50 chickens, I was only getting 12 eggs per day, I put a light in the coop to come on at 3:30 -7:30. We also moved them into a warmer area, Within a week the egg production had doubled... maybe coinsidence.... I understand they need about 14-16 hours of light each day. I just used a 60 watt bulb.

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