Hens not laying

The Ricker

Chirping
5 Years
Jan 11, 2015
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I have 5 Light Brahmas hens that have been good layers. We went out of town for over a week and had them cared for by some of our friends. Even before we left we've seen a dramatic drop in eggs. Now we have been back for a week and the hens are not laying at all. None!
Please help, need advise on this.
 

OrganicFarmWife

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Oct 21, 2015
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It is the time of the year. The lack of daylight signals to the hens that it is time to lay less. In a few weeks, you should start getting eggs again. It largely depends on the chicken, some will not begin laying again until March.
 

azygous

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Dec 11, 2009
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Practically everyone with hens in the northern hemisphere are seeing less eggs or no eggs from their formerly dependable layers. We are currently in the week out of the entire year with the least amount of daylight. Ten hours of daylight just is not enough to stimulate the egg producing hormones of most hens. Granted, there may be a few hardy "winter" layers, but they're the exception.

Out of nineteen hens in my flock, I have but a single hen laying eggs, and she's a new layer. I have three other "new" layers who haven't begun to lay yet because the amount of light is not sufficient to stimulate egg production hormones.

If you absolutely require eggs from your hens before the days begin getting longer again, try installing a 40 or 60 watt bulb set on a timer to come on two hours before sunrise. You should get eggs again within two weeks.
 

The Ricker

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5 Years
Jan 11, 2015
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Charleston
I am going to let the hens go through their cycle and will wait till the spring to see if they will start laying again. Thank you for the help.
 

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