no eggs in over a month

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hillbillygreen, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. hillbillygreen

    hillbillygreen Out Of The Brooder

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    I realize summer is over but isn't this a bit too long my birds are 2 year old Easter Eggers.
    Thoughts?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    At 2 years old the lay off is likely related to the fall molt - without supplemental lighting production will be spotty at best through winter but will resume for at least one more fairly productive laying cycle in the spring.
     
  3. hillbillygreen

    hillbillygreen Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I have noticed some feathers, but I do have a light on in there 24hours a day. I tried shutting it off for a couple days to maybe trick their systems....no luck. Maybe longer next time.
    I switched to a higher protein feed (meat bird) but I wonder if that's enough.

    Should I do anything else with diet or is it all just a "wait through it" thing?
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    24/7 lighting is not really a good idea, then turning it off for a few days will only make matters worse and will probably throw them into a molt.

    When did you turn the light off then back on 24/7?
    Have they always been under 24/7 lighting?
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    x2....at least 8-10 hours of darkness is best
     

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