my hens have completly stop laying eggs. any ideas ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by djmooney, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. djmooney

    djmooney Songster

    May 13, 2009
    they are about a year and a half old and we went from 8-10 eGgs a day to 1-2 EGGS A DAY? they are in a good heated coop and they half never stoped laying before.
    and they look the same as they always had

  2. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    This is my first year with chickens, but I gather it could be something as simple as the colder weather many of us are now having. Or could they be going into a molt?
  3. C_Dzchicks

    C_Dzchicks In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2009
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    I'm no expert, but the two things that come to mind are 1. lighting. Days are getting shorter which can throw off their laying pattern. This can be offset by extending the short day with artificial light (lightbulb) 2. Did they recently have a water shortage? If chickens have prolonged times without food and/or water, their laying pattern can be thrown off, sometimes permanently.

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