NOt sure what I got

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenranchwife, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. Hey everyone, I am just curious if anyone is loosing eggs? I have had a huge decrease in my egg production lately. Tomorrow I am going to keep them locked in to see if this helps. If it don't then it must either be a snake or a weasel. Anyone else having problems?[​IMG]
  2. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    do you free range them???
    They sometimes eat thier own eggs.
    And also mine stoped laying for a while cause its a bit colder than usual (in the morning that is)

    I hope you figure out how to get your eggs

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  3. ella

    ella Songster

    It's also the time of year when they're molting. That'll do it!
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I agree with Ella.....Mine are molting, and production is way down.
  5. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    It is that time of year, I agree. I have a waiting list a mile long for eggs, but my 20 hens are giving me about 4 a day. [​IMG]
    And NONE of the 19 ducks are laying at all.
  6. Thanks everyone for your replies. At what age do they molt? Most of them I just bought this spring, and were laying really good. It could be the cooler weather, but am not sure. I left them locked up yesterday while I was at work, and yes they free range and have looked for eggs way out. Still not that many eggs, after being locked up. What are signs of molting? Thanks again everyone.
  7. Hellebore

    Hellebore In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2007
    Kirkland WA
    I thought they didn't molt until they were 18 months old? Is that correct?
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Their first true molt is around the 18 month mark, but they go through several mini-molts before that. They are nothing like a true hard molt. That can be awful to see!
  9. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    The first year a bird moults 3 times.
    The first is down to baby feathers.
    The next is baby feathers to teenage feathers.
    The last is teenage feathers to adult feathers.
    After that they only moult once a year.
    Obelisk isn't laying because she's moulting.
    I haven't seen Penny moult yet though...

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