Northeast peeps. Are your hens laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kittykorat, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. kittykorat

    kittykorat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2009
    Central MA
    I have 17 hens. I'm getting 1-2 eggs/day. The rest still aren't laying. I know it's been a rough winter, but this is ridiculous! Those are some expensive eggs!
  2. dakunst

    dakunst Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 23, 2012
    We're in NJ and we have 5 hens. Most of December - February we were lucky if we got 1 egg a day, usually none. Just the past 2 weeks , they are back to normal and everyone is laying! This was the first winter we ever had them slow down and/or stop.
  3. bren0990

    bren0990 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 19, 2015
    I live in Newfoundland, Canada and for the past 7 days I have been 2/2 for egg laying. I have a mobile coop and moved them into my large detached garage with a fairly large window for sunlight.
  4. TheEggCollecter

    TheEggCollecter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2014
    I live on the South Coast in Mass. I haven't seen an egg since November. Mid October all my hens went through a full molt and stopped laying. This is normal for them but when they got all their new feathers out they didn't start up again!


    I did everything. Offered more grit and extra proteins but they refused to lay. Although, in the past couple of weeks the girls have began to explore the nest boxes. Forever praying for eggs [​IMG]
  5. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    My almost 3 year old hens are laying 5-8 eggs out of 11 hens since mid December. They have been stuck in the coop for 2 months because of snow. I do add light every year.
  6. The Beard Farm

    The Beard Farm Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 9, 2015
    I have 4 hens who just started laying this week: It has been a long winter.

    2 - Sunday
    4 - Monday
    0 - today
  7. song of joy

    song of joy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2012
    Central Pennsylvania
    I've noticed that a lot of this depends on the breed. Here's the winter results for my 18 to 20 month-old hens with NO supplemental light or heat:

    RIR: 4.5 eggs/wk in Dec, 4.8 eggs/wk in Jan, 4.3 eggs/wk in Feb (She never took a winter break from egg-laying.)
    BR (barred rock): 0 eggs/wk in Dec and Jan, 4.0 eggs/wk in Feb (no egg laying from 11/10/14 to 1/25/15)
    Black Australorp: 0 eggs/wk in Dec, Jan and Feb (no egg laying from 10/18/14 to 3/3/15)
    Buff Orpington: intermittent laying from Dec to Feb, sometimes taking 2-3 weeks off at a time. Approx 2-3 eggs/wk when laying.

    I've also noticed that the winter periods of no egg-laying tend to increase with age. It's not uncommon for my 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 year old hens to take 5 months off for winter, and only lay well during a short 2-4 month period in the spring/summer.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2015
  8. kittykorat

    kittykorat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2009
    Central MA
    Only one egg today. Don't know who laid it, but I suspect our brahma- light brown egg.

    Our hens include- One six yr old EE. She rarely lays anymore, but she is our oldest hen, and a sweetheart.
    4 yr old EE and White rock
    2 year old Campine, 2 wyandottes

    1 yr old -4 ee, 2 marans, partrich cochin. brahma, brown leghorn, wyandotte. ancona.

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