My chickens are not laying eggs

lktiv

Hatching
10 Years
Jan 30, 2009
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We've got about 200 rare breed chickens...everything from auracanas to polish to Marans to buckeyes to cochins. About 40 of them are older chickens, two and three years old. The rest are young chickens we got last April, May, and June. We have four roosters. We're getting 18 to 20 eggs a day. So about 160-170 chickens are not laying. Anybody got any ideas why a whole bunch of new chickens won't lay?
 

Higins00

Songster
11 Years
Nov 19, 2008
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Ct
a chicken drops off considerably after 3 years of age. Where do you live? Is it cold weather, shorter days of daylight? Lots of breeds take a break during winter but will start up again when the days get longer and the weather gets nicer.
 

D'Angelo N Va.

Songster
10 Years
Dec 28, 2009
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At the very top of this section is a whole bunch of reasons as to why your chickens might not b laying. I have about 40 and no eggs but today I put a light on them. I need fresh eggs.
 

Grumpypantsmomma

Songster
9 Years
Aug 25, 2010
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Clatskanie, OR
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How long have they been not laying? The older ones I can see 2 reasons why they aren't laying ( they have slowed in production as is normal, and the winter days) Your younger ones it is most likely that they have stopped for winter, as well as they could be going through a slow moult which can cause them to stop laying due to the calcium being needed for the growth of new feathers. have you changed their diet at all?
As was mentioned by another member, I to put a light in with my Chickens in the winter to help them adjust and they seem to lay during the winter if I do. without it they stop completely until the spring.
Were The young Chickens chicks when you got them last April/June?
 

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