What happened?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mysunraedreams, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. mysunraedreams

    mysunraedreams In the Brooder

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    I'm baffled. My older girls stopped laying for about 6 months. I brought in new baby chicks two weeks ago and suddenly the old girls are laying again! How is this possible? Older hens are in a seperate coop right next to young chickens. Was it the babies peeping that cranked back the clock on the older girls?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    Most hens are resuming finally after quitting last fall. The increasing daylight causes hormones to surge, and birds come back into production.
     
  3. mysunraedreams

    mysunraedreams In the Brooder

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    They didnt stop last year. Last year they layed 360 days.
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Was last year their first laying year? Second year is not as likely to be as productive. Agreed, coincidence re: new chicks and return to laying of older birds.
     
  5. mysunraedreams

    mysunraedreams In the Brooder

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    2nd
     
  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    They were hatched during spring of 2016?
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Good to give ages in months.

    This leads us to believe that your birds are 18-24 months old and they stopped laying during winter due to lack of daylight and molting(which may have been obvious.... or not)
     

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