Seven hens and avg. 1 egg a day

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by newstart44, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. newstart44

    newstart44 New Egg

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    We have 7 hens (4 one year olds and 3 two year olds) who haven't been laying well for months. I have looked (using ideas from this site) for egg eaters, we have looked for pests, we have adjusted feed. we are at a loss. Two are clearly molting now and I know one of the molters hasn't been laying for ~ 2 months but was before that.
    Ideas?!
     
  2. hannahrachel

    hannahrachel Out Of The Brooder

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    The cause might be molting, but it could also be a weather change--a sudden drop in temperature has been known to stop my hens from laying.
     
  3. As hannahrachel said it could be molting. Are they free-range? If so they could have hidden a nest somewhere like in a bush or somewhere hidden. My hens do that sometimes.
    Good Luck!
     
  4. newstart44

    newstart44 New Egg

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    It isn't temp. we live on the CA coast and have only about a 20-30 degree swing in a year. They were free range until a year ago. My yard looked more like the area around the Maginot Line, so we gave them a large run. I will say it is in a shady area so there is not many hours of direct sun.
     
  5. newstart44

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    Ps. We regularly check for hidden nests.
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Molters can quit for a long time, and if they are doing a partial molt it might not be really noticeable. What breeds are they, some breeds lay better than others depending on their age and time of year.
     

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