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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by fatcatbigbat, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. fatcatbigbat

    fatcatbigbat Hatching

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    Hello everyone. I need help. Keeping chickens is new to me but I fell instantly in love with it. My concern is that my girls aren't laying eggs. We started with chicks in March and picked up more throughout the year. A couple here and there. Some younger, some older. **** you craigslist. At this point we're up to 30. All different kinds. I have a huge coop. Plenty of run. They get tons of compost scraps and laying pellets. We were getting 8 or 9 eggs a day as of two weeks ago. That dwindled and as of the last two days we've gotten none. I live in upstate New York so it's starting to get cold. To be honest I just enjoy having them. But the eggs were nice too. Thank you for reading this. I appreciate any help or advice anyone has to offer.
     

  2. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Crowing

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    Welcome! Glad you joined BYC! :~D
     
  3. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! [​IMG] Glad to have you aboard. [​IMG]
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! The lack of eggs are most likely due to the shorter days. Most hens need around 14 hours of light per day to keep them in production, so many chicken owners encourage winter laying by adding artificial light to the coop. This is best done in the mornings, so it doesn't interfere with the chickens' roosting behaviour. Letting them lay though winter without a break does shorten their laying lifespan though.
     
  5. All Henned Up

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    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve. :frow
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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    X 3 Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC!
     
  7. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Songster

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    Hey, guys. Do the lights shorten the lifespan of the hen, or just the lifespan of her laying?
     

  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] The added light will shorten their span of laying eggs. Like woman - they have all the eggs they are ever going to produce and when that is used up - no more eggs. Are you certain all the chickens you have are pullets or hens? Plenty of "stealth" roosters out there trying to "pass" until you have them long enough to fall in love with them regardless. Molting hens won't lay either.
     
  9. fatcatbigbat

    fatcatbigbat Hatching

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    I did get a couple roosters but I believe the rest are hens. I've been turning their light on in the morning and shutting it off when I lock them up. Thanks for that advice. I also just added on to my original coop and they've been laying in hidden corners of the addition. Tricky chickens.
     

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