laying eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CET, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. CET

    CET New Egg

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    Hi. I have 21 rir's that were laying 14-19 eggs a day. The weather got colder and the girls stopped laying. They are 25-30 weeks old and have had a consistant diet. Does anyone have any suggestions on what the problem might be. I'ld appreciate any help.
    Thanks
     
  2. maymay8

    maymay8 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've heard as the weather cools and the days get shorter -- light and temperature -- the egg cycle slows if not stops all together until conditions -- light and temperature -- return to Spring/Summer style.
    Hope that helps.
    Maggie
     
  3. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    [​IMG] There are many factors that can cause hens to stop laying. Shorter days, colder weather, stress, change in diet, etc.....
    It's kinda hard to say what the problem could be but I hope you find the answer.
     
  4. bubbazmommy

    bubbazmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Less daylight will do that to them. Try putting a light in their coop so they get 14 hiours of light a day.

    Are they moulting b/c that can cause them to stop laying?
     
  5. CET

    CET New Egg

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    That makes sense. Thanks for the quick reply.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Hey CET and welcome to BYC.
    Maymay is correct. With the decrease in daylight that wintertime brings, the hens are taking their vacation.
     
  7. CET

    CET New Egg

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    Wow, Thank you ALL for the help.
     
  8. nhnanna

    nhnanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would have to agree with all the above. [​IMG]
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Now all you have to do is decide whether you want to supplement their light to force winter laying or whether you want to let them take the winter off.
    You should read up on the pros and cons of each method before deciding.
    Edited because for some strange reason I'm leaving entire words out of sentences tonight.
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2008
  10. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    What type feed are you feeding them?
     

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