Hens not laying and you’re not sure why? I have several reasons that your girls may have slowed or stopped laying. I know it can be frustrating, especially if you have a small backyard flock and count on every egg for your home. But it may be a simple solution to get your production back on track.
Hens Not Laying Reason #1 – Low Light
As the seasons change and days are shorter, the hens receive less light themselves. This decreased light naturally decreases egg production as well. You will find there is a great divide in the debate of supplemental lighting to keep egg production up. I personal feel that the reduction is a natural process that allows a hen some respite from the work of laying eggs; I do not supplement light at all. However others feel that offering hens a little extra light in the evenings keeps their flock productive; because an unproductive flock isn’t worth keeping. I’ll leave it to you to decide what camp you reside in. And keep in mind that a change in weather can effect their laying as well.
Hens Not Laying Reason #2 – Diet
If your hens have stopped laying it may be a good time to evaluate your feed and supplements. First, are they getting enough fresh food and clean water? Any drop in the amount of necessary food and good water can disrupt their laying or stop it entirely. Next make sure the food and supplements you offer are giving them the proper nutrition. You should be offering your girls a good quality layer feed, preferably organic. Be careful that you are not offering too many “treats” that will discourage them from eating their feed or foraging for quality supplements like greens, bugs, etc….