- May 15, 2012
I have 7 hens and 1 rooster, about 20 months old now. They started producing eggs last year and were fine egg layers. Then the heat came over the summer, along with rain, and the egg production went down. But it is cooler now, and the hens have almost stopped producing eggs. I have 1 Americauna who lays an egg almost every day, and most of the time, the egg is not in the nest box, and it doesn't have a shell on it. I haven't seen an egg in over a week from the other Americauna. One of the Barred Rocks still lays an egg, maybe every other day. I can't tell if they are molting, but I do see a lot of feathers in the coop. I would blame the lack of eggs on molting, but, they don't appear to be in full-fledged molting mode yet. My Black Sex Link still is fully feathered. Could the chickens have lost their ability to reproduce during the summer, because of the heat? I hope they start up back again soon. I read where the second year is the most productive egg year, but I don't see much hope yet. Anyone else have this experience?