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Bumblebear

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Norfolk
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Sudden drop in egg production - crazy weather?!
« on: July 23, 2012, 09:22:10 pm »
Our little flock of 9 (8 girls and their man) have suddenly dropped from a regular 5 a day to 2 for the last couple of days!  Could it be the sharp change in weather?  Anyone else found this in their flock?

The ducks though?  A regular 2 out of the 3 of them.  ;D

hughesy

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Anglesey
Re: Sudden drop in egg production - crazy weather?!
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2012, 09:27:40 pm »
Fluctuations in egg production are normal. If you're getting 5 a day from 8 hens then 3 of them aren't laying on any given day. It's just the natural cycle and things will pick back up in a few days.

Bumblebear

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Norfolk
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Re: Sudden drop in egg production - crazy weather?!
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2012, 09:32:07 pm »
We know who lays because of the colour eggs and we've been getting 3 blue ones daily from the ones we bred last year - but now we get just one!  The others are a bit freeloady, bless them, as they are hybrids that we rescued who occasionally give us a brown egg or 2 between them...

omnipeasant

  • Joined May 2012
  • Llangurig , Mid Wales
Re: Sudden drop in egg production - crazy weather?!
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2012, 10:40:26 pm »
My quail had stopped altogether, but now the sun is out they are producing again. Can't be the marriages quail food after only one day, so yes, it is the weather.

sokel

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • S W northumberland
Re: Sudden drop in egg production - crazy weather?!
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2012, 12:25:56 am »
UWe have been getting between 15-20 Eggs a day. But for the last 3 days only had 6 !
Even kept them in today thinking they had found somewhere to lay away but still only 6
Graham

tobytoby

  • Joined May 2011
  • north ayrshire
Re: Sudden drop in egg production - crazy weather?!
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2012, 09:01:53 am »
Mine too - must be the lovely scottish weather? We went from 16/17 to 9/17 in 1 week, we too have been busy searching the woods for those that lay away?

ellied

  • Joined Sep 2010
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Re: Sudden drop in egg production - crazy weather?!
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2012, 12:17:24 pm »
Yep, I had mine laying 6-7 a day (8 girls) right through 2 weeks where I couldn't sell them due to spraying them with yet another thing from the vet that seems to have made little difference except to 1 hen ::)  They were allowed back to saleable eggs on Friday and since then have had 3s and 4s, the day after the heaviest rain there were 2 :o but they had been driven back into the coop that day it was so bad so I guess there wasn't enough daylight to cause ovulation ::)

I'm back at about 5 now, but I had to turn a customer away twice now and it's annoying ::) as I have 5 dozen from the 2 week layoff that I couldn't give them :(
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graham-j

  • Joined Jul 2012
  • Canterbury Kent
Re: Sudden drop in egg production - crazy weather?!
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2012, 05:34:45 pm »
Hi,my birds have been on and of all year due to this changeable weather we have been having.If your best birds are a year old it could be they are coming into molt where they shed there feathers and grow new ones.They will stop laying as they do this for a couple of 3 weeks.
Some high protein treats such as a small tin of fish cat food can give them a boost at help them through this a little quicker.

Graham.
Graham.

chrismahon

  • Joined Dec 2011
  • Gascony, France
Re: Sudden drop in egg production - crazy weather?!
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2012, 08:21:26 pm »
Ours have been like Graham-j's, very variable. They are all Pedigrees so when they moult it will be 6 to 10 weeks with no eggs. We give them maggots for the extra protein they need, but sunflower hearts and mealworms are nearly as good. The old books used to advocate a tiny bit of raw mince to help, but this is now illegal and can encourage cannibalism anyway. I don't like the idea of chickens smelling of fish and it can get through to the taste of any eggs I have heard.

graham-j

  • Joined Jul 2012
  • Canterbury Kent
Re: Sudden drop in egg production - crazy weather?!
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2012, 11:17:41 pm »
Hi,I haven't ever noticed my birds or eggs smelling of fish.I would only advocate its use as a booster when a bird or birds are at a low such as in molt any way.A third of a tin for about 20 hens is gone with out trace in about 30 seconds.

Graham.
Graham.

plt102

  • Joined Jan 2011
Re: Sudden drop in egg production - crazy weather?!
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2012, 08:02:52 am »
Ours got a bit of a cold with all the wet weather. Added some poultry tonic to their water and some poultry spice to their feed and wormed them. They ten had a moult and are back to full lay so a bit of tlc should perk your ladies up, good luck.

 

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