WHY aren't my hens laying???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jeannieo, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. jeannieo

    jeannieo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new to this. I got a full grown flock of eight hens last Sept. 2 of them older and non laying. I was getting anywhere from 4-6 eggs a day. Then it got cold and I was getting 0-1 a day which I understand is normal. then in January they started up again, averaging about 4 a day. Then around the middle of Feb. they slowed down again and are now averaging about 2 a day. I also have acquired 3 young bantams, 2 cochins and a "hybrid" [​IMG] . Right now when there are eggs, there's usually a tiny egg from one of the cochins and a blue egg from an araucana. I don't get it. the weather is nice, they have access to the outside in a good sized enclosed pen. the only thing I can think of is, would they be not laying because I haven't cleaned out the winter poop and shavings? I used the deep litter method, it worked out good for me. I haven't read anything about dirty coops causing chickies to not lay. I'm stumped! [​IMG]
     
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  3. jeannieo

    jeannieo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! thank you so much! that is a great site! I think I give them too much people food. they have the layer pellets but I don't think they are eating enough of them. so no more goodies! (or rather a drastic decline!) [​IMG]
     

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