Mysterious Egg # Drop...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jmrozic, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. jmrozic

    jmrozic Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a very healthy, free ranging flock of 15 hens which produce 10-12 eggs per day. 2 weeks ago I introduced 5 new hens @ 5 months old and a rooster into the flock. Pecking order was quickly established, the rooster is "doing his job" and all the girls seem happy and content. Well, beginning 5 days ago, our normally productive flock has now only been giving us 4 eggs a day! What in the world! We live in SC and have had good weather, it's been slightly cooler in the last 2 weeks (only 85-90 during the days & cool at night), they act happy and healthy. Other than STRESS, I can't figure out this massive egg drop. Does anyone have any other thoughts? Thanks.
     
  2. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    This happens at this time of year. The days get shorter and they start to lay fewer eggs.
    If they have started their first molt, there should be even fewer eggs.
    They will rev back up again as the days start get longer again in December.
     
  3. jmrozic

    jmrozic Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your input. We haven't noticed any difference in the past 2 years at this time, but who knows. I remember the girls laying really well in this weather because it was no longer 100 degrees during the day. I was thinking that is was just to coincidental that this drastic drop occurred right after I introduced the new rooster.
     
  4. kitkatnoah

    kitkatnoah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've started to notice that all my ladies are laying their eggs in the mid morning instead of mid afternoon now & they are now putting themselves back in the coop at 7:30pm instead of 8:30. They know when the days are getting shorter because I didn't even know it! [​IMG] Now I'm hearing the rooster crow at 5:30am instead of 6:30, it's amazing how they know the days get shorter or longer. [​IMG]
     
  5. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be a broody hiding eggs somewhere? Are Roosters ever egg eaters?
     
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  6. jmrozic

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    2 of our hens just got through being broody. I haven't noticed any signs of animals or snakes eating any eggs yet.
     
  7. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm.....I don't know. The weather is starting to cool off here too and my chickens are laying more this week than they have been. No signs of illness?? I hope the new chooks didn't bring anything with them. Have you checked for parasites? Maybe one of the new chickens is an egg eater. You could check for eggs several times during the day, note how many, but leave them in place until evening and see what happens. To me 2 weeks seems like enough time to get over the stress of new guys. Maybe they just found a new laying spot.... in bushes, under the house, hidden somewhere?

    Hope you get lots of eggs soon!!
     

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