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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Josh Small, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. Josh Small

    Josh Small Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicken use to lay everyday but i have notices that they have start laying every other day why? And what can i do.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Chickens that lay 260+ eggs/year are considered prolific layers. There is no such thing as an "egg every day 365 days a year" chicken. There could be reasons yours is slowing down. First and foremost is light. Not sure where you live but as we experience less daylight each day as we get into fall and winter, production slows because chickens need 14 hours of daylight/day to lay consistently. When they don't have it, they may still lay, be less frequently. Another reason during this time of year is molting. Unsure of the age of your birds but by their second autumn chickens molt and their energy goes more into feather regrowth and less into egg production. Another reason is age. First and second years are prime egg production years. They still lay after that but the frequency really drops. These are possible reasons you are seeing fewer eggs. Once we get the longer days of early spring, an otherwise heathy young hen starts churning them out again. Good luck to you!
     

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