Why arent they laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by meag6, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. meag6

    meag6 In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2015
    Western New York
    My 6 girls were giving us 5-6 eggs a day and then they stopped! We are lucky to get 2 eggs a day now! Weather has been a bit wonky here. But everyone looks good and healthy they all eat great and get some good variety of veggies to snack on. We even tripled their space hoping to encourage them to start laying again. What can we do to get them to lay again like they were?

  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    How old are they? This time of year, many things can cause hens to stop. Shorter daylight hours, cooler temps and molting are some examples. Hens need around 16 hours of light to lay consistently. They lay best when temps are between 55-80 degrees F. When they molt, they stop laying too. Make sure they have plenty of protein in their diet.
    (Here's an article on molting. https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/what-happens-when-chickens-molt)
    Do they have mites or lice by any chance? That can also cause them to stop.

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