Not sure what's going on, at the end of my rope...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ebonykawai, May 7, 2009.

  1. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    So last week my one hen decided to go broody. I've been trying to break her but it's not working, so...whatever. Obviously, she's not laying.

    But....my egg production suddenly went down. I was getting 8-9 eggs a day from 10 hens. Now it's down to 5. No clue why, nothing has changed except for the one hen going broody. Seems like as soon as that happened, I'm getting less eggs than I should if you just subtract the one hen. These are all young hens, all just over a year, breeder birds who matured very slowly. There's no way they should be slowing down at all.

    Does anyone have any ideas?? I've walked my entire property and don't see any eggs anywhere. They have always laid in the nest boxes. I'm thinking of locking them all in the coop/run tomorrow and see what egg production looks like at the end of the day.

    I'm getting really frustrated by everything. Not enjoying chicken-keeping very much anymore. [​IMG]
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    28,907
    113
    408
    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    MM Ebony! Good to see ya around.
    I'm experiencing the same thing you are and I have walked this property multiple times as well.
    I did leave them locked up in the coop one day and my production went back up. I know they're hiding them somewhere, but I'll be darned if I can find them.
    I hear broody is "catching".
    Good luck to you and blessings!
     
  3. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    965
    1
    141
    Sep 22, 2008
    Holly Grove, VA
    Ooooooh I can SO relate! My Japanese banty insisted on going broody - she was going to hatch something come hellor high water! I finally gave her some fertilized eggs (from a friend) to sit on and she hatched all 6 of those stinkers!

    Anyways, when she went broody my other banty hen stopped laying (even though she had no interest in sitting), and then my other girls followed suit. I was at 4/5 eggs a day (5 chickens) and now I'm lucky to get 1 or 2 a day.

    Lazy hens! [​IMG]
     
  4. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    MM Gritsar! Wow, how frustrating, huh?? I'm not sure what I'm going to do if that's the case. They range for a good portion of the day. I guess I'll leave them in until most of the laying seems done, maybe 3pm? That's when they would normally be in until, anyway, but when I got laid off in March, I started letting them out early. They were doing great, right up until my one hen went broody. Maybe she's not letting them in the nest they prefer??? I kick her out early, though, and put her in chicken jail so she doesn't block the nest.

    This is SOOO frustrating!!!
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

    19,952
    3,111
    476
    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Here's a site that can tell you some possibilities. Something on here might give you a clue if it is something else, but I'm betting on them hiding a nest. If one starts laying in a nest out there, several will join in. To me, the other strong possibilities are an egg eating chicken or an egg eating predator of some type.

    http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/poultry/factsheets/34.html

    Good luck!
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    28,907
    113
    408
    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Or Ridgerunner could volunteer to come to your place and mine and look in the creepy crawly places I don't wanna go in to check. [​IMG]
     
  7. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks! I'm going to keep them in tomorrow and see what happens. We don't have any predators out here, so I know it's not that. They've either stopped out of sympathy for the broody hen, or are laying on the property somewhere.
     
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

    19,952
    3,111
    476
    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Quote:Gritsar,
    I am not a young handsome Police Officer and my eyes are not blue. They're green. And you're getting married. Behave.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    28,907
    113
    408
    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Gritsar,
    I am not a young handsome Police Officer and my eyes are not blue. They're green. And you're getting married. Behave.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  10. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh gees, right, CONGRATS!!!! You're almost a married person!! Me and hubby are celebrating 20 years this August. Times flies when you're crazy, lol!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by