Production Red and Buff Orp shutting down laying......heat? pre molt?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Dtrain28, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Dtrain28

    Dtrain28 Out Of The Brooder

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    It's been super hot here recently and my hens have been having some one year old issues......My Buff Orpington is down to one egg a week (if that)...last week she was sitting a lot on her nesting box but then she leaves, she free ranges , etc....she has been irritable with "broody clucks" last few weeks as well.......

    My Production Red who is a laying machine has decided to lay in the yard in a shady confined spot....even though the coop is shady and confined, I still think it gets hot in there.....


    Need feedback from the board if my Orp is pre molting ( no feathers anywhere) or broody......


    As for the Production Red.....Is it just the recent heat that has caused the shutdown


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  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    We have not been having the heat the southern states have been having. Last week we were still in winter coats. However, I have 3 production reds, or stars, this is their third summer and I am getting almost no eggs from them and they are crabby. My BO is the same age, but she has a brood of 11 chicks. I think my egg loss is their age.

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