not laying so good

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cold chicken, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. cold chicken

    cold chicken New Egg

    Mar 13, 2013
    Last May I bought some chicks, grew them up, built them a nice insulated coop and they are free to come and go as they please. As winter approached and the amount of light, up here in northern Wisconsin, started to decrease I got a timer and all was good. 100% eggs all through the winter. Now as it is staying light longer the eggs are dropping off to only about 50%. I've been reading about the first molt that should be around a year from the first eggs. I have also been reading about stress. The girls aren't showing any signs of either, and truthfully I can't put my finger on why the egg production is starting to dwindle. Any advice or knowledge would be appreciated. Thanks cold
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Is there a chance that they can lay somewhere that you aren't seeing, they may be hiding eggs?
    They may be in fact molting, it's not always glaringly apparent.
    Has there possibly been a predator scare?

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