Why are they not laying as many eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by natyvidal, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. natyvidal

    natyvidal Chirping

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    My girls were laying 13-16 eggs a day. Now they are laying less than 10. Some of them have stopped completely or becoming broody. I really don’t want any chicks from mixed heritage breeds so I keep collecting the few eggs. I also have fake eggs which I am substituting with the real I es for the sake of the broodies.

    Is it the heat?
    They are not moulting.
    There are no changes in their diets.

    Thank you ahead of time for your advice.
     
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  2. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Extreme heat can reduce production.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    How old are they ? They may just have reached a break in their laying cycle. Of course the broody hens are no longer laying.
     
  4. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    If the age is right molting may be starting.
    Some of mine are starting, it is early but it is happening. At least they won't freeze like last year.:)
     
  5. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    All of the above
     
  6. natyvidal

    natyvidal Chirping

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    Thank you! I believe it might be the heat. We live in Dade City, Fl. And it’s hot, hot, hot!

    Otherwise they seem very healthy so it must be that. Thank you again.
     
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  7. natyvidal

    natyvidal Chirping

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    They are only 8 months old. Still young.
     
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  8. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    They'll have a mini molt soon then, not the full shabang but just a teeny one.:)
     
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  9. Kayla's Lunch

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    Don't let the broodies stay broody if they aren't going to hatch eggs. You'll need to break them. I just learned that when I recently had 2 go broody.
     
  10. jas humbert

    jas humbert Songster

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    It's your choice whether to try to break the broodies. You don't absolutely "need" to. In addition to my big girls I have a bunch of silkies which means generally at least one is broody. I honestly don't worry about it much. I collect eggs daily. My broodies seem to get out often enough to eat and drink and stay healthy. They give up after 4-6 weeks usually and all summer I've got a ready broody if i want to pick up chicks at the farm store or order special eggs. It does cut into egg production which may be a concern for some, so I can see doing it either way.
     
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