At this time of year, it’s not uncommon for hens to lay as few as two eggs each week, or none at all if you’re particularly unlucky.
Reproduction in chickens is controlled by their internal biological clocks, just as it is in all other animals.
Several physiological factors lead hens to stop laying eggs in the fall.
In this article, we will discuss the factors that result in a drop in egg production in hens, followed by strategies for increasing egg production.
The fall season is when a molt occurs for most chickens.
When a chicken molts, she sheds her old feathers and begins to grow new ones. To grow new feathers, your chickens will need to go through a process known as molting, which can be uncomfortable and draining for them.
During the time that a chicken is molting, she will not lay eggs. Instead of focusing on egg production, the body is now allocating resources toward feather development.
It’s upsetting when your hens stop laying eggs because they’re molting, but the best thing you can do is make sure they’re as comfortable and healthy as possible while they’re going through it.
If you provide your chickens a place to roll around in the dirt, they’ll be able to quickly get rid of their old feathers.
To get the chickens back to laying as soon as possible after a molt, it is important to ensure they have access to a sufficient amount of protein.
To increase the amount of protein in your flock’s diet, you may either switch to a chicken feed that is higher in protein or add in treats that are higher in protein.