Weather is changing ... Easter Eggers aren't laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Josh Clarke, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Josh Clarke

    Josh Clarke Out Of The Brooder

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    It has been about 2 weeks since my two Easter Eggers have laid any eggs. Before then, they were on a very good one egg per day schedule. Could the weather cooling down (55-65 degrees F during the day and 35-45 degrees F during the night) be causing this? I knew they would slow down, but I didn't know they would quit completely.

    Also, what temperature extremes can chickens handle? My chickens have a coop, but refuse to sleep in it. They sleep on top of it.
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    How old are they? This is the time of year for moults, alot of birds will quit laying until they've grown their feathers back [​IMG]
     
  3. NotableNancy

    NotableNancy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's not the lower temps it's the fact that there's less daylight. I have 4 EE's and 1 has stopped laying completely (of course it's the only one that lays a green egg) the other 3 are still laying. Putting a light in the coop to up the amount of daylight may get them laying again. I add an hour more light before dawn and then an hour at night so they get about 14 hours total light on them.
    Can't help you with the chickens sleeping on the roof, silly birds, but you may want to go out there after dark and put them in the coop each night. That may give them the right idea.
     
  4. Josh Clarke

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    They are almost 8 months old. I also have two Buff Orpingtons that are the same age and they are still laying one egg per day each.
     
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    NotableNancy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's how old mine are too. I have a mixed flock of 13 and some have stopped laying completely like the one EE and others are still laying well.
     

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