Why the slow down?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JustMandy, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. JustMandy

    JustMandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 layers, they are 8 months old and a few weeks ago, we were getting 4-6 eggs a day. Now I'm getting 1-3. What's the deal?

    My guesses (please agrue for or against them):

    Shorter days-but they aren't that much shorter??
    I added some 2-3 mo old chicks to the flock about a month and a half ago-two are roos??

    They aren't molting, I haven't changed their food.

    What could it be?
     
  2. gettinaclue

    gettinaclue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ladies are slowing down too. I have 10. I was getting 7-8 eggs a day. Now I'm getting 4-6. Sigh.
     
  3. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's just that time of year. You can put a light on a timer out in your coop to keep it at 14 hrs of light a day and production up. I like to keep the girls on their natural schedule so don't add light, but I've got around 50 birds right now so it's not like the family doesn't have enough eggs, sales just go down.
     
  4. JustMandy

    JustMandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hm. Thanks for answering. Now I have to decide if I'll put a light in there or not...
     
  5. piper2009

    piper2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine slowed down for about 2 weeks due to molting, but are now laying again.[​IMG]

    Alexis
     
  6. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably light and temperature plus they can't keep that egg-a-day schedule and need a chance to regroup. It also depends on breed, some lay better, more consistently than others--I'm getting an egg a day from my RSL but my RIR and SS have gone to one every 2nd or 3rd day and they have only been laying for a month.
     

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