why chickens arnt laying at all...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sharterr, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. sharterr

    sharterr Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 28, 2011
    i have a new rooster & hen..in a largge coop with 7 other hens..beforethe new ones i was getting 5 to 6 eggs a day,in the past 3 weeks maybe 2,3 eggs total,any answers????
  2. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stress? Molting?? Shorten days? Stress will some times halt egg production. If they are molting, like mine are, they don't lay eggs while in molt. Shorten days, a hen needs 14-16 hrs of sunlight to lay.
  3. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    The autumn equinox has passed and weather is changing. In many places the amount of daylight is far shorter than the 14-15 hours a hen needs for a 25hr egg cycle. Adding light to come on in your coop morning and evening so their total "daytime" is 14-15hrs should help.

    A lot of breeds slow down significantly in winter since biologically the chance of offspring surviving is so much lower. Your chickens may just not lay that much in winter depending on where you live.

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