tn_artist

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Don't laugh, but, - Chickens only lay eggs during daylight hours, correct?
I wondered because some pullets that are laying, I'm only getting an egg a week from them. I'm worried that something is getting them during the night. I collect them when I closed up for the night.
 

slordaz

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Chickens usually lay when they want but day time before they roost, they do like to hide eggs though, and sometimes it depends on the breed too.

Are they over crowded?
Any stress going on or changes with the flock?
What are they being fed, including treats?
What breed and age?
 

tn_artist

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Chickens usually lay when they want but day time before they roost, they do like to hide eggs though, and sometimes it depends on the breed too.
All of my birds are between 6 1/2-7 1/2 months. Some of my bantams have been laying for a month. I just got our first EE egg yesterday.
Are they over crowded? Plenty of room and free ranged in the evenings.
Any stress going on or changes with the flock? Two pullets lost their shared babies several days ago, one pullet is on a nest.
What are they being fed, including treats? Right now everyone is getting 20% chick starter, because of the two month old that are slowly working their way into the flock.
What breed and age?
EE (3), first egg yesterday
Buttercup (2) two eggs, two weeks ago, then one today.
In the large pen, there are also OEGB, dUccle, one frizzle Cochin and one rosecomb. The small pen has bantam Cochins, one seabright and several OEGB. We were getting 5-6 eggs from the big pen and two from the small one. Now we are only getting two or three from the big pen and 5-6 from the small one.
I collect eggs twice a day, and was just wondering if they could be laying at night, then visited by a rat.
 

slordaz

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EE (3), first egg yesterday
Buttercup (2) two eggs, two weeks ago, then one today.
In the large pen, there are also OEGB, dUccle, one frizzle Cochin and one rosecomb. The small pen has bantam Cochins, one seabright and several OEGB. We were getting 5-6 eggs from the big pen and two from the small one. Now we are only getting two or three from the big pen and 5-6 from the small one.
I collect eggs twice a day, and was just wondering if they could be laying at night, then visited by a rat.
Have they been through molt yet?

mine shut down about a week before they start molting, both Eggs and feathers take a lot of stuff so they can only do one or the other
 

tn_artist

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Have they been through molt yet?

mine shut down about a week before they start molting, both Eggs and feathers take a lot of stuff so they can only do one or the other
They all hatched in Feb and March. I didn't think they would molt this year. I may have misunderstood.
 

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