Is this normal ? - 2 Year old barred rocks, getting one egg out of 4 hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rosiethechicken, May 22, 2012.

  1. rosiethechicken

    rosiethechicken Songster

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    I have 4 barred rocks. They completed 2 years.
    The egg production dropped to 1 per day out of 4 hens.
    They all look healthy, large red combs.

    I know production depends on lot of factors, but is it normal to drop it to such level ?
    Are they free ranging too much and got spoiled ? :)
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    That's happened to me a few times, and I had to lock up my girls for half days, for about a week to get them laying in the nest boxes again. I think sometimes, they like free ranging so much, they start laying their eggs outside, like under a bush or in some cubby hole.......

    So I lock mine up until I get home from work at 5pm, and then I let them all out until dusk. Then pretty soon, I see more eggs. Works like a charm.

    Sharon
     

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