Why No Eggs?
(Baird, TX, Callhan USA)
I have a mixed flock...mixed ages: 3 hens - 2 to 2 plus yrs, 9 hens - 8 months old and 6 young hens 5 months old.
No fences 8 acres free range and coop is built on a cotton trailer bed. 12 nesting boxes, hay on the floor in winter and shaving in summer.
My egg layers did fair until summer and the quit laying. zero eggs. I blamed it on the heat. As the weather cooled down I said my older hens were molting...It is now 30 to 60 degree weather. My newbies are beginning to lay (the eggs are small). Most of the time I get one to two eggs but my older hens are still not laying, not even the 8 month olds. The oldest hens' feathers have been restored except for one that has almost no feathers at all.
I de-wormed them with DE and pumpkin seeds and dusted them and coop with DE. Some of my chickens have diarrhea...could that be from the de-worming?
Can you tell me what I need to do to get them to lay again.