Hot weather and egglaying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LazyGirl, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. LazyGirl

    LazyGirl In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2007
    How hot does it need to get for them to stop laying? We are in MI, and the temps are fluctuating every couple days between 70-80. I have 24 layers, and am only getting 12-15 eggs. They are all pullets and were laying almost 2x that a few weeks ago. I can't figure it out! Yes, they do lay eggs elswhere, but I know of 3 nests, and search daily for others.
    Also, is there any way to encourage them further to lay in the coop? At this point, I would assume locking them in for a week would be detrimental to laying???[​IMG]
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Lock them in until they find 'new' (read: human provided & approved) place to lay their eggs.

    I have a pen for my girls but let them roam aound the larger fenced in area also (about an acre) in the evenings. I wait to let them out of the pen until around 5pm since most of them have laid by then.

    I also have seen a drop in egg productcion since it got hot here. It's been above 85 degrees for the past 6-8 weeks and I have 20 hens and am only getting about 10 eggs per day. Of course, 4 of them are silkies, so they probably shouldn't count. I only get about 4 silkie eggs a WEEK.
  3. WrenAli

    WrenAli Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Lebanon, OR
    I only have 2 laying hens but we have has temps from 85 to 100 for the last 2 weeks or so. I still get 2 eggs a day. So I can't help you.

    I know pullets can lay and then quit for a while though.
  4. ashyannehand

    ashyannehand Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Wade, Mississippi
    I had 6 hens last year that I had no problems with laying throughout the summer. I am in hot south Mississippi. Out temps in the summer are anywhere from 90-105 and 80-100% humity. All of those hens were killed by a neighbors dog. Now I have 11 hens and one roo. The hens have just began to lay and I am getting about 2 eggs a day now, but they have just started. Maybe they are affected when the weather changes rapidly? Our heat is a gradual thing starting in March and lasting until October. We have very long and hot summers. Dog days my grandma calls them![​IMG]
  5. LazyGirl

    LazyGirl In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2007
    That may be. It's not super hot here, but the temps fluctuate like crazy. It can be 50 one day and 90 the next. And that's what's been happening for a few weeks. Because today was a lot hotter than yesterday, and they layed more today. Strange.

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