Hens on strike

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ih66series, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. ih66series

    ih66series Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2011
    Altoona, PA
    I know that hens normally slow down laying in the winter, but I am getting at the most 5 eggs per week from 12 hens. Last summer I could get 50 or 60 eggs per week. The 9 oldest are about 16 months old and I have 3 wyandottes that are 1year old (2) and six months old (1). Is this severe drop off normal?
  2. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2011
    Crossville, Tennessee
    It can be normal, yes. You can extend the daylight hours by using a light in the morning a few hours before daylight. That'll probably stimulate the hens to lay more.
  3. SowdersHomestead

    SowdersHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2011
    Fostoria, Ohio
    I have some Black Australorps that lay like mad and a couple New Hampshire Reds that haven't layed since Thanksgiving. Towards the end of fall we some really bad flooding and ever since then the NHR haven't laid an egg. They are now in the barn beside the BA's for encouragement but nothing.

    Good luck!
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    My two older hens are just coming out of molt finally. It shouldn't be much longer on your girls too. Hang in there.
  5. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    I went over three weeks with 0 eggs from 12-18 month old Wyandottes after most had appeared to be done molting. They Had 14 hours of light. They started again on Jan 11th and I'm now getting about 5 eggs a day.
  6. ih66series

    ih66series Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2011
    Altoona, PA
    Some days they do get a couple of hours of light added on to the day due to the inconsistent solar power system. I will try adding cayenne pepper to their feed which I heard increases production.

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