Hen's quit laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rooster Don, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. Rooster Don

    Rooster Don Out Of The Brooder

    I know it's winter with less daylight and this makes a difference (since I do not do artificial lighting) in how many eggs I should get, I did not have this problem the first 3 winters. I have 16 egg laying hens and am getting 2 or 3 eggs a day. Does less daylight make THIS much difference? i live in Austin Texas.
     
  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there.
    I live in Ireland and I don't get any eggs off my breeding hens during winter,
    Well very few.
    My hybrids are only laying 3-4 eggs a week and that's because light hours.
    Don't worry it is normal for hens to stop laying in winter.
    Goodluck
    Fionn.
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2016
  3. lisaleesa546

    lisaleesa546 Out Of The Brooder

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    How old are the hens? New pullets in their first winter will lay quite well throughout the season. Older hens who are in or coming out of molt will have a much less productive winter. Also depends on breeds. Not sure if you have different breeds this year than previous years, but some do much better than others in winter!
     
  4. Rooster Don

    Rooster Don Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks to you both. I have mixed breeds, none over 4 years old.
     
  5. lisaleesa546

    lisaleesa546 Out Of The Brooder

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    Chickens get less productive every year, with a real noticeable difference after 3-4 years. At that point the amount of eggs will decrease no matter what season it is, but especially in winter you will see a big decrease. You should see an increase though as the day light hours start increasing. If egg production is your main goal and you aren't getting enough eggs once spring hits you may want to start culling the older less production hens
     
  6. Rooster Don

    Rooster Don Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks Lisa. No, eggs are not the only goal. Chickens are fun to have. Eggs are just a super groovy bonus. And there is no point in selling eggs for me because I think my selling price to make any profit now is around $2,341 a dozen. So I guess now I need to start adding the last addition to the coop which will be the assisted living 'wing'....sorry.
     

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