Hens on strike

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rosinsk1772, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. rosinsk1772

    rosinsk1772 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have twelve hens that are 9 months old, and laid like champs from 20 weeks till now. They've gone 6 days without laying, and there is no sign of molting or feather loss. They are in a shaded area so maybe it's the lack of light.

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  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    They could be getting ready to molt...it's that time of year for most hens. Also, the days are getting shorter which triggers a slow-down also.
     
  3. rosinsk1772

    rosinsk1772 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I added a light to the coop with a timer will this help get the eggs going again
     
  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would be extremely cautious of adding a light to your coop. There have been numerous fires from them and to me not worth the destruction. Let's face it...winter is almost a period of "rest" for our hens. They molt, days are shorter, and so is egg production

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    Not worth it...trust me.
     

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