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I have had laying chickens for, I think, 3 years now...maybe 4. This year I got more day old chicks in early April for laying hens and meat birds (which I have butchered in June). My question is this. My egg production has really dropped off and I can't see that the new hens have begun laying yet. I guess I can take each old hen one by one to a separate location to see if they lay for a week or so. How long do hens keep laying? At the beginning of the summer they were laying fine. It had been overly hot in the NE this summer and I attributed it to that but now it's Sept. and that's not the case now. They have 16% layers feed and I had been mixing it with cracked corn because they like it but now it's just feed. I can't let them free range due to neighboring dogs on our road. We learned that the hard way. Lost 19 chickens a few yrs back. Shouldn't the young chickens be laying by now? I do have a couple extra roosters that I have to dispatch. That may have something to do with it but I just don't know. Thanks for any help.

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Comment by Cornelia on September 15, 2010 at 5:11pm
Nancy, I think your best bet for getting answers is to post this question in the Backyard Chickens group: http://www.homegrown.org/group/backyardchickens


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