Total halt of egg laying, normal?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Doughpat, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. Doughpat

    Doughpat Chirping

    Jul 29, 2008
    Hi All,

    I've got 2 Barred rocks and 1 RIR, all about 1.5 years old, and I haven't found an egg in probably 2 weeks! I know they're supposed to slow down in the winter....but total cessation!? We've had "the talk" (they didn't seem to listen), and I'm 99% sure they aren't stashing them anywhere in the yard (I've looked high and low). They've got food and water, though they did "run out" of food for about 6 hours a while back. But they free range all day, so it's not like they had nothing to eat. Any thoughts?

  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Yes, normal. (Well, well within the normal range of variation for what happens when days shorten this much, anyhow).

    They probably laid better through the winter last year when they were pullets; subsequent winters, chickens often don't do as well.

    (edited to comment: jeez, did I use the word "well" enough times, there? LOL)

    If it's taken them til Dec to quit laying, there's a good chance they'll start up again in January, probably earlier rather than later. Hoard the eggs you've got in the fridge, but probably you won't have to go without for *too* long [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

    Last edited: Dec 12, 2009

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