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Re: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] Chickens stopped laying

From: Melina B.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 12:33 PM
Many chickens are screwed up by the weather. It could be another molt or the cold...but also they are 2 and thats when some slow down. Are you giving them light in the evenings? if so, try a very bright wide spectrum light from 6-8 PM. I found that the quality of the light  helped snap my chickens back into laying. Also, try giving them some extra protein in the form of dog kibble, chicken kibble (Farmers Helper available at most feed stores), or scrambled eggs. I also use kickin chicken supplement.
It should be a passing thing...but those suggestions are what should help them move past it.

On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 12:09 PM, Alexandra Farkas <[address removed]> wrote:
Our chickens (1x Amercauna, 1x Rhode Island Red, 1x Wyandotte) haven't layed an egg in two weeks. At first I thought it was the frost and they were just too cold to lay, but since the last two weeks have basically gone through all seasons except summer, I'm stumped. I got one tiny egg last weekend, that was broken by the time I got to it, but other than that - nothing.

They'll be 2 in April and the Ameracauna has been a laying champ, but is also the only one who has ever been through a proper molting (this past fall). They seems to be eating and pecking around just fine. We have a light in their coop on a timer to keep them a bit warmer and also extend "daylight" for them in the darker months.

It's weird. I'm concerned. Any of you have any thoughts?


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