How many of you are experiencing a drop in egg production?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrbstephens, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Egg production has dropped! It started last week........who else? I guess because of less daylight. It's really a bummer! My 3rd hen just started laying, but now the other two have gone from 5/ week each to every other day, or less. [​IMG] I already know I won't be adding lights and will allow them to have the winter off, but still, WAH! [​IMG]
     
  2. Big C

    Big C J & C Farms

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    August: 87%
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    Oct (to date): 84%
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I haven't had more than 3 eggs a day from 13 hens (down from an average of 11/day) since the first week in September. My birds are molting, but thankfully almost out of it now.
     
  4. bigchickenman

    bigchickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dropped down to 3 or 4 a day from 13 hens and I started to feed them a high protein mix of laymesh and hog feed.Now after a week I'm getting 8 to 10.
     
  5. Sacman64

    Sacman64 Out Of The Brooder

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    My situation is increasing. My 27 chickens were late bloomers.... wouldn't lay ... they were 9 months old. I started using calf-manna which is 28% protein... and a week later they are laying.... You are either getting hit with the light/season change or maybe gone into moulting.... Also you may need to 7-dust for mites, and maybe wazine 17 for worms.... Hope your egg numbers increase...
     
  6. Bill in Hamlet

    Bill in Hamlet Out Of The Brooder

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    I used to get 4 a day from my 4 hens. This has dimminished to 2 a day. The day before yesterday I had one egg and left it in the box. The next day I removed 5 eggs. Today I have zero eggs. I told them all that the rent was due. Hopefully they will get back to doin' what they do best. I broke down and bought a dozen at the store. They are all happy and well feed and given massive amounts of treats and attention. We have about 10 hrs of daylight here and usually we are the ones that wake up the Roo.

    Fair Winds,

    Bill
     
  7. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Your situation sounds just like mine. Make because we're on the same coast line. [​IMG]
     
  8. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Well, I have 12 confirmed layers...3 are molting and 9 give me 7-9 eggs a day. so Im happy-20 more hens to go for eggs!!!
     
  9. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah, last week over 3 days only my 2 youngsters laid 3 eggs. Down from one a day for each of 7girls. It was just so sudden, didnt happen like that last fall.

    By the way just to mention, last year I read some where from an old timer that feeding greens thru the fall and winter helped with production and really I didnt have much of a drop last winter, maybe its time to get out the lettuce.
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2009
  10. suzpyoung

    suzpyoung Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Egg production is way down at my house too, except for my two Ameraucanas. They both lay almost daily and haven't slowed down.
     

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