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ninjapoodles

Sees What You Did There
11 Years
May 24, 2008
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Central Arkansas


Here's what--This represents about 24 hours' worth of egg from our chickens, but our Orpingtons outnumber our Marans FIVE TO ONE! And, we have a handful of Easter Eggers who have also gone on strike!

I don't understand it. The weather is beautiful, the birds free-range, they have all the food and clean water they could want....what is UP with these hens? They've gone from giving us 20 eggs a day to giving us an average of THREE.
 

karen71

Songster
11 Years
Apr 27, 2008
586
5
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Bear, DE
I don't know
molting- laying elsewhere- we are not all laying here in Delaware as it is still winter
maybe they decided they needed a vacation
 

barnwife

Songster
10 Years
Feb 21, 2009
530
3
139
central Texas
My my my!!


Maybe they're molting or hiding their eggs? I had chickens hide them on me...They started laying under a woodpile and got a little broody. We found it in the fall when we were building stuff using wood from the pile...ever smelled six month old eggs smashed to bits?


Tis the molting season in some places. ORRRRRRR....
Are they older ladies?
 

tim_TX

Songster
11 Years
Jun 4, 2008
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Its possible they are laying on the range, so to speak. But the more likely answer is that they are still wintering. Do you supplement light? I have several batches of pullets and hens at staggered ages, but my best percentage layers [ Rhode Island Reds] really slacked off after Christmas and are just now getting going again. By slacked off, I mean that 40 hens went from laying 32-36 per day to 16-24 per day. This week they are getting back up in the high 20s per day, just in time for me to sell them. I prefer to sell the pullets while they are still in their prime, rather than the alternative. As a small producer, I require my birds to pay their bills.
 

spook

Songster
11 Years
Apr 21, 2008
3,515
27
244
North Central Florida
Free ranging. The girls are to busy to hang around and push out an egg. Today I let my girls out (5) and we only recieved 2 eggs. So your not the onl one!
 

Mahonri

Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
May 14, 2008
30,365
279
466
North Phoenix
My Coop
My hens got sick and so we went from 10 eggs a day from 14 hens down to 3 or 4. It stinks.

I gave them extra grass too!
 

Buster

Back to Work
12 Years
Jan 4, 2008
7,204
33
261
The Frozen Wasteland of Idaho
I have Marans, EE's and Orps as well and my Orps and Marans FAR outlay the EE's. So much so that I'm going to get rid of the EEs. The green egg factor can't keep up with the fact that they don't lay enough to earn their keep.
 

ninjapoodles

Sees What You Did There
11 Years
May 24, 2008
2,842
6
191
Central Arkansas
It's really weird. The slowdown coincided almost perfectly with the beginning of warm weather. And they're all in their prime, no older hens. WEIRD.
 

bayouchica

Songster
13 Years
Jan 23, 2007
1,947
5
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N.E. Louisiana
How old are your hens?
My EE's there're almost two,started laying again after a 4 month strike.

Opps, I just saw your post,lol.
Have you checked for worms?
 
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