Chickens abruptly stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chyrl, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. Chyrl

    Chyrl New Member

    Wyandottes are supposed to be good layers through the winter. My 7 hens were laying 6 eggs every day. There were always 4 in one nest box and 2 in the other. Suddenly on Oct 1, they dropped to 1 a day for 3 days, now I'm getting nothing. Any ideas on why?
    1- they don't eat the layer feed; I've tried pellets and crumbles, but they seem to prefer waiting for the human food. I do give them back their egg shells, oyster shell, and black soldier flies
    2- the smoke has made our days very short; "sunset" yesterday started around 3pm (just meaning that's when the sky started turning red). I'm in Colorado and realize that what I'm experiencing is nothing compared to the West coast.
    3- should I look for snakes and rodents in the coop? The hens do regularly have a gray squirrel visit the run, but I've never seen him in the coop.
     
  2. Shorter days will cause your hens to slow or even stop laying until they either adjust to amount of daylight they have or longer days ahead. Ours have been molting since we’ve had shorter days and have also slowed laying. It’s just them taking a break. We’ve increased their protein from 16% to 20% during their molt. Hope this helps.
     
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