My vacation stressed my girls, how long till they lay again?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by boyswillbeboys, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. boyswillbeboys

    boyswillbeboys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone have experience with this? Before I left on vacation for a week, I was getting 18-22 eggs a day from my girls. I had a pet sitter come out every day, but there was an issue with the light and it was out 3 days. I arrived home late on Friday, and went out first thing Saturday morning, fixed the light and fed and watered them. There were 7 frozen eggs and 2 good eggs, one of the frozen ones was partially eaten. Since then I have gotten 1-2 eggs a day, and none of those from my leghorns. It's been nice since I've been back and I've been feeding and watering twice a day, as usual (she was instructed to water twice as much as I do at a time as I knew she would only be out once a day, there was one empty water jug, one 1/8 full and frozen and 2 containers of ice in the coop when I arrived home. I watered them late in the evening one night and found the water left over had frozen by morning.

    I'm 90% sure it is stress from me being gone and the light issue that has caused this, but I'm wondering how long until things should pick back up? I was selling some eggs before I left to a lady in town, and with this kind of production I may have to buy eggs myself before long.
     
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  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Expect as much time as you were gone.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I'd say at least a week or two. With them being used to light, then having it go out would be a big stress, as is not having access to water. Depending on their ages, the stress could force them into a molt.
     
  4. boyswillbeboys

    boyswillbeboys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are still under a year, I got them as day olds in June 2013. I think now they have started to molt, I went in this morning, and found a bunch of white feathers scattered throughout the coop, from my leghorns. I brought out 2 cups of BOSS this morning, when I went to feed them, as a friend who also has chickens suggested it sounded like a molt. She gave me advice to bring them out of it, that involved withholding feed, but I don't like that idea at all, I'll go the extra protuen method
     

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