Sudden drop in egg production!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Henrysmeme, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. Henrysmeme

    Henrysmeme Hatching

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    I had been collecting as many as 7 eggs a day from my little flock of 7 1 year old Buff Orpingtons and gold laced Wyandottes. Over the last two or three weeks, production has dropped to as few as 3 or 4 eggs a day, and once, only 2! I keep their coop clean, provide plenty of fresh water and invest in good feed. I generally give them a good handfull of scratch when I open their coop in the morning, and they love an occasional treat of yogurt or fresh corn. they are not free-ranged, as we have a red hawk and quite a few owls in the area. I have a neighbor down the road who has lost 3 chickens to the red hawk! They have an ample space under their 4' by 8' coop, and it's attached to a 4' by 8' covered run. I have also added calcium-oyster shell to their feed in the recommended amounts. I "dust' with diatomaceous earth when I clean the coop. It has been raining quite a lot up here in New Hampshire, and it's been chillier than usual, but they laid like stars all through a cold winter. Am I doing something wrong? Is there something I should be looking for, or is this normal? I really do appreciate any help you might give me. Thanks!
     
  2. Tracie70

    Tracie70 In the Brooder

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    Hello,
    I am new to byc, but what I have read and learned weather can play a big part in chickens laying, perhaps the rain has stressed them a bit.
     
  3. Henrysmeme

    Henrysmeme Hatching

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    Thanks, Tracie - I know that it has stressed me some!
     
  4. That usually happens when they are molting. it usally slows down when they molt and when there done molting. What breed are they?
     
  5. Henrysmeme

    Henrysmeme Hatching

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    They are 4 Buff Orpingtons and 3 Golden Laced Wyandottes. I will soon be adding 2 8 week old Silver Laced Wyandottes to the group. I hadn't noticed much in the way of "stray" feathers, but I guess they could be moulting - unless that's being delayed by the chill and the rain? hhhhmmmm....
     
  6. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Songster

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    Oh yeah, my production has dropped nearly in half, as well. The unseasonable extended March-like weather we've had - I believe, has somewhat drained their resources and abilities to keep their egg production high. I think the hens need the longer sunny days of spring and instead we had cloudy dark rainy days for the last month or so. It's just starting, now, to get drier and we're seeing sunlight again.

    You've got lots of company. [​IMG]
     
  7. cindy leigh

    cindy leigh In the Brooder

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    count me in.
    Here in SE CT we've had chilly early summer weather. And we no longer have the large light on in the barn with the time to extend the "daylight".
    We have red sex links, BOs, SLWs, BRs, and Black Austrolorpes.
    Our egg production has been WAY down. Like 25% of normal.
    Not seeing a lot of feathers, but could be the start of molt??
     
  8. Quote:Buff Orpingtons are suppoded to be good egglayers and so are the Golden Laced Wyandottes. Maybe the weather is stressing them out? Or the molting thing I'm not a chicken expert. Most likley molting.
     
  9. whenchickensdream

    whenchickensdream In the Brooder

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    Count me in too. Don't know what is going on as the weather, until yesterday, was not too bad. It was really hot yesterday but production has been down for about a week, here in Central PA.
     
  10. Henrysmeme

    Henrysmeme Hatching

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    Thanks, everyone, for your help. It's another gloomy, damp, chilly day, and I've gotten 3 eggs. Oh, for some sun! Not just for me and the girls, but my zucchini and potatoes, my basil and grapes! Here's hoping!
     

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