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Really Confused

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by indianabroilers, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. indianabroilers

    indianabroilers New Egg

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    We have 14 hens, all of which turned 22 weeks right at Christmas time. They took a little longer, but started to lay as soon as the weather changed. They were laying excellent in fact. Cold weather started the month of march and ENDED ALL PRODUCTION. NOTHING. Like a light switch-the eggs were gone. I chalked it up to temps. Now its its hitting 60-70 EVERY DAY for the last month and still NOTHING. I put them on a higher protein. Their Lights go out at night, and they are even on a higher protein feed... and the coop is even clean, What the heck is going on???????????????????????????
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could they be eating the eggs.
     
  3. chickenweirdo1

    chickenweirdo1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they happy? Or are they scared of something like a new dog or something different that they are not used too?
    Try giving them some treats or something like cracked corn on table scraps.
     
  4. thebulg

    thebulg Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    You mentioned lights, were you supplementing light during the winter?
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Do you free range?
    Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 3-4 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. Fake eggs/golf balls in the nests can help 'show' them were to lay. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it. ..at least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.



    Also check the pelvic points:
    Signs of onset of lay---I've found the pelvic points to be the most accurate.
    Squatting:
    If you touch their back they will hunker down on the ground, then shake their tail feathers when they get back up.
    This shows they are sexually mature and egg laying is close at hand.

    Combs and Wattles:
    Plump, shiny red - usually means laying.
    Shriveled, dryish looking and pale - usually means not laying.
    Tho I have found that the combs and wattles can look full and red one minute then pale back out the next due to exertion or excitement, can drive ya nuts when waiting for a pullet to lay!

    2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
     
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