A Mystery and a Coop

Bill : I didn’t have any luck trying to find the answer to my question on your website. Here is my situation. I have six adult chickens, about one year old, and since they have started laying they have given us 5-6 eggs on a daily basis and then yesterday we only got one egg. What went wrong? Any ideas you can share would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Bill McChain

My Reply : It is very strange that they (nearly) all stopped on the same day – perhaps there was a noise or disturbance nearby that put them off, or they had laid some but something stole the eggs. If it continues then there may be some sort of nutritional/health issue (or egg thieves) but usually if there was a health reason they wouldn’t all stop on exactly the same day so most likely it is just a temporary blip which could have been due to a disturbance or egg thief.


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  1. Janet Zwahlen June 13, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Look somewhere else for those eggs. I have a broody hen that sometimes doesn’t share the nest and I have nest in other places nearby. I will start looking and there they are all together sometimes about 10-12 eggs. When I had bantams they would lay eggs all together in the area where there is Artemisia growing -The nice thing about it is the eggs stay cool. I still think that they just stopped -but then remember to look in the other spots I provide nearby. It always amuses me how smart these girls are. Just love’em.

  2. Marilyn June 14, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Did something frighten them, weather been strange or were they short of food?

  3. Nancy Danner June 16, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Nancy, If they have been heavily laying for a year, perhaps they just need a few weeks of R & R. If the weather got hot and they still have winter down feathers they could just be to uncomfortable to lay.

  4. Kay Van Epps July 14, 2017 at 2:34 am

    When that happens to me, I find the eggs somewhere else. Also, the heat really gets them off.

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