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Lull in egg laying??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mlecreason, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. mlecreason

    mlecreason Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 Newhampshire Reds, and in the last week we have gone from averaging 4 eggs, to only 1 egg per day!! The only thing that is different in their routine is I changed their bedding straw to pine shavings. And I added a heat lamp to their coop for when it gets cold.

    I've searched and searched and searched my yard to no avail. There are NO other nests in my yard. I've also not heard any egg songs lately.

    Is this normal?! They are only 7 months old! Please help ease my mind!
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Are your days getting shorter? Less daylight hours?
    How long have they been laying?
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Birds do slow down, even pullets, when daylight hours shorten.
    I'd lock them up for a week if you suspect laying out in range area,
    they are very sneaky, they know places we would never see.

    The changes to the coop can can a bit of stress, so that might be part of it.

    I would seriously rethink the heat lamp, they are very dangerous and many people in frigid temps never need them.
     
  4. mlecreason

    mlecreason Out Of The Brooder

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    They've only been laying about 2 months, and we get roughly 12 hours of daylight.
     

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