poor laying

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by spunky chick, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. spunky chick

    spunky chick New Egg

    Jun 7, 2010
    I have 4 hens and 1 rooster (all different breeds). They are all 1.33 yrs old. Starting laying last year of course and even did great throughout the winter. Now the only one laying consistently (4-5 eggs/wk) is the Ameraucana. The rest Speckled sussex, buff orp, white brahma are maybe only laying 4-5 eggs between them a week. The eggs are good sized with firm shells. This is a decrease even from what they were laying this winter!!!! They already have gone through their spring molt (I think). They receive chicken layer pellets (free choice), crushed shells in their chicken yard, and get to run amuck in the rest of my lush yard 2-3 hrs per day. They are otherwise seemingly healthy and look beautiful. Could they be too heavy??? Is there a way to guage if they are getting too fat????
    I have learned so much from this site, that I would really appreciate any advice
  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I'm going through the same thing here. [​IMG] My girls did something similar to this last year, but this year it seems to be lasting longer. Wish I knew why too. [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Glad you joined us! You'll find lots of answers here as well. [​IMG]
  3. cambriagardener

    cambriagardener Chillin' With My Peeps

    First of all [​IMG]. My hens have really slowed down too! If you post this on Egg Laying you may get some help. Good luck!
  4. ThePigeonKid

    ThePigeonKid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010
    Ohio - Chickens 3yrs
    [​IMG] from Ohio! [​IMG] Glad you joined! [​IMG]
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. If it is getting hot were you are, may cause a slow down in egg laying.

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