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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hardy Hen, Oct 30, 2008.
my chickens have stopped laying since the begining of Oct. what's up?
Probably the shorter days. Possibly exacerbated by a molt if they've been doing that too. No problem, just wait til later in the winter
They usually slow down on laying during winter. Sometimes stop laying completely!
Let me guess: first autumn with chickens?
daylight hours have dropped, so they have stopped laying and have likely started to moult (annual change of feathers)
Get a light with a timer, set it up so that they get a total of 14 hours of daylight (better to set it up to run in the morning so they roost naturally in the evening).
If you set up lights it will still take 2 - 4 weeks to get them laying again.
If you don't set up a light, you'll get a few eggs starting near Christmas and they'll hit full stride by March.
temperature does not affect laying, daylight does
yup daylight and cold weather.
could it be because of internal laying? i posted a question under emrgencies/diseases and i had someone say that 1 of my chickens who is sick could have internal laying. please look at my post and see if you know what's wrong with her. thanks for the replies!