Spending too much time together?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wbruder17, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    I have 5 "laying breed" chickens that I bought all at the same time, and 4 other "novelty" breeds that I got at a few different times and places. 2 of the "layers", who are about 6 months old now, are the only ones laying.

    I confess, I have had a lot of extra time on my hands lately, and the chickens are my new hobby, so I spend an AWFUL lot of time back there. Hanging out, cleaning, rearranging their roosting bars, feeding them treats, etc. They have a large outdoor enclosure as well as a big actual coop. They have 3 nesting boxes so far, and the 2 layers use the same one, sometimes at the same time.

    Am I spending too much time back there? Thus stopping the other girls from laying? Maybe they are not comfortable or private enough? Any advice would be lovely.

  2. MOChickenz

    MOChickenz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2010
    I don't have the answer, but I would love to know the answer. I spent over an hour twice watching the chickens in their coop
    today. My egg count was down by about 25%
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    How old are the layers?
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Your presence is not stopping them from laying. They will start once they are mature enough. The shortening day length is impeding egg production. Continue to enjoy your birds.

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