strange egg laying behavior

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NOLA farm, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. NOLA farm

    NOLA farm New Egg

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    I am new to all this. I built a large coop outfitted with interior and exterior space and plenty of it. We have a total of 8 hens of which two were purchased that had started laying.

    White Brahma - this girl came laying to us. For 4 weeks she gave us an egg every other day and on the third egg of the week she would git another one the next day. As of Saturday she is now laying EVERY day. Not complaining actually but should I be concerned that an every other day layer is doing it daily or should I be proud?

    French Maran - she too came to us laying every other day. Since Saturday she has not laid an egg. She is eating, bathing, roosting, and doing things the same just no egg.

    Dominique - she was sold as a layer. The second day we had her there was a random egg on the ground and none of the chickens were talking about who laid it. That was 4 weeks ago and no other egg like this has arrived. Kind of a mystery.

    Buff Brahma, Buff Orpington, Australorp, and two Easter Eggers were sold as non layers and that seems consistent.

    With our mild winters in New Orleans do chickens still pause on laying eggs. If so do certain breeds become more affected by weather of the ones I mentioned?

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  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Loving the Autumn Weather Premium Member

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    Hens normally lay off on the laying in the winter because of the lack of daylight hours, not because of the weather. I'm not sure if some breeds tend to lay more in the winter or not but I think it is more of an individual bird kind of thing. I don't think you should be concerned about your Brahma laying everyday, she was probably trying to get into the swing of things.
     
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  3. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    True that!
     
  4. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are saying you bought a Buff who was stated as a non-layer, then the sellers are wrong, my Buff gives me and egg every day when it's warm.
     
  5. NOLA farm

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    I have a buff brahma and a buff orpington. The buff brahma was stated to be an every other day layer by the seller
     
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    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have any experience with buff brahma's, so I can't back that. Orpingtons are great layers in the warmth though.
     
  7. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think there is a real problem, you have to count in the factors that it is winter, they probably just molted, and some breeds have odd patterns during the cold seasons. Are they being fed more later in he week?
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    The real question here should be ...how old are the birds?
    Knowing how old they are in months can clue you into what might be going on.
    Birds between 16-22 months old may be molting this time if year, or have molted,
    and will not commence laying until after solstice passes and the day get noticeably longer.
    Some pullets, birds younger than 12 months may lay all winter, or not, or they may just slow down....you won't know until you know.

    Whenever you move a bird to a new home it causes stress, some handle it better than others.
    Some may keep laying and some may not lay for weeks after a move.
    Differences in nutrition can also cause changes in laying frequency.
    And there's nothing magic about how often a bird lays....it can vary...so don't get too hung up on numbers/frequency.
    One thing consistent about chickens.....is the inconsistency...hahaha!
     
  9. NOLA farm

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    Well Frenchy, the black maran, started laying again. We have since had two more of the pointy egg from unknown layer but we strongly suspect Dominique, the dominique.

    Frenchy is about 12 months

    Whitey (strong daily layer all of a suddenly, is about 9 months

    Dominique is about 8 months (our newest laying suspect)

    They are fed daily and given snacks of vege cut offs, oatmeal, apples, and whatever else we have but pretty much the aforementioned on a daily basis. I also toss scratch every couple of days.

    So what I am hearing is a brady bunch quote made by peter brady i think. "expect it when you least expect it" or in other words chill out, the girls are okay and all they want to do is lay and play so just keep the housed and fed each day.
     

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