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Poultry and Livestock: My chickens don't lay and my rooster won't crow

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BronxBoy
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 26, 2009
3:10 PM

Post #6990339

My girls stopped laying a few weeks ago and production is very spotty. 3 eggs per day from 30 hens. Some are molting but most are not. Most folks have told me it's probably because of the hot weather. Is this true? Other than the weather, nothing has changed.

My rooster is not crowing either

Thanks
BB
porkpal
Richmond, TX

August 26, 2009
4:03 PM

Post #6990524

My hens have been rather unproductive this summer (we've had constant 95-100 degree weather); I am blaming it on the heat. Can't comment on the rooster; I have only hens.
smedgekles
Conroe, TX

August 26, 2009
5:01 PM

Post #6990736

They do slow down laying in the heat. We don't get near enough eggs for the amount of laying hens we have. The molting will also slow the laying. A little extra protein may help the molting ones.

Does the roo act any differently? usually if they have been crowing and then stop there is something bothering them. Is he eating and drinking normally?
cndydavis
Brookville, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 26, 2009
6:57 PM

Post #6991107

are they getting enough light? a light comes on in my coop about 4am and then they are outside till dark..they need at least 14 hours..and yes the heat will bother them..
Doe41
(Audrey) Dyersburg, TN
(Zone 7a)

August 26, 2009
7:00 PM

Post #6991116

Are you feeding laying pellets? I kept them available to mine constantly. This will help, but they do slow down in extremely hot weather.
As for the rooster, do you suppose he's just "hen-pecked"?
LOL
ZZsBabiez
Lodi, CA
(Zone 9b)

August 27, 2009
4:14 AM

Post #6993018

I had a Barnevelder Roo that stopped crowing for about 3 months.. He was fine, just quiet... He started again later when some of the teenager roos started crowing
BronxBoy
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 27, 2009
2:29 PM

Post #6993906

Thanks everyone.

I have been feeding them laying pellets as well as "goodies" from the garden. Tomatoes, plants etc.

How much light do they need? The door to the coop has glass panes so they get light as soon as the sun comes up. I let them out at daybreak and put them in at dark

The rooster looks fine. Just not crowing. I won't touch the "hen-pecked" remark LOL

BB
cndydavis
Brookville, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 27, 2009
2:49 PM

Post #6994009

they need about 14 hours of daylight weather it be artificial or otherwise..especially since days are starting to get shorter..
BronxBoy
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 27, 2009
7:16 PM

Post #6995067

OK. More light it is

Thanks
kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

August 27, 2009
7:51 PM

Post #6995152

Ours have a light on in there coop all night and they still cut back on laying in hot weather, and when they are molting.
The sad thing is, ours also cut back on laying when it is cold.
A never ending battle!
cndydavis
Brookville, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 27, 2009
8:00 PM

Post #6995173

they shouldnt have a light on all nite.just like us they need their dark too..i wouldnt like it if there were a light on all nite.
Pamgarden
Central, VA
(Zone 7b)

August 27, 2009
8:07 PM

Post #6995191

Bronxboy, I don't know a thing about chickens, but we have not been able to get eggs at either of the local farmers markets because of the hot weather, and the vendors also say the birds molt during the hot weather. Maybe your old boy just needs a couple of cool evenings to get his doodle-doo back. Pam

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

August 27, 2009
10:29 PM

Post #6995621

Maybe he needs some competition in the crowing department, our neighbors have roosters and we do too, they are always competing with each other. It neat to hear one start and then the others will take it up.

batflower

batflower
Murray River, PE
(Zone 5b)

August 28, 2009
12:26 AM

Post #6995938

If a rooster needs 14 hours of light to crow that means they don't crow in the winter????? I got a rooster just because I like the sound. Its sad to think that in a month or 2 there won't be anymore cock-a-doodle-do wake up calls!

I learn so many new things on this forum :-p
Catscan
Lodi
United States

August 28, 2009
12:43 AM

Post #6995984

Oh! If only that were true...roosters will crow. They will crow in the dark if they have to.

They will also crow after $200 de-crowing operations...so don't waste your money.

Sigh.

batflower

batflower
Murray River, PE
(Zone 5b)

August 28, 2009
1:24 AM

Post #6996104

so, light doesn't affect there crowing? Good cuz I really enjoy it. (don't know if my neighbors agree though)

De-crowing operations? LOL!
smedgekles
Conroe, TX

August 28, 2009
2:02 AM

Post #6996260

ha, we have a roo that sleeps in a tree, he crows when anything moves...day or night!
Aunt_A


August 28, 2009
2:14 AM

Post #6996301

My parents raise partial free range chickens (they can free range in a large open but fenced area during daylight hours) and when it gets too hot they stop laying.

Their young roosters don't crow but the Top Dog rooster has never stopped crowing.

Really wanted to say that the name of this thread sounds like a country song:

"My chickens don't lay and my rooster won't crow!"
Oh, what a life on the range I chose.
I didn't know what I just didn't know;
But there's no where I'd rather go.
Goats in the corn but no little boy blue to blow his horn.
Have me a daughter with hair as gold as the sun
And I wouldn't trade her for all the gold in the world.
Country living, country life.

So, let me scratch my chickens, then close 'em in for the night...
Water the mule, he's my scrawny watch dog.
He'll chase the fox and kick the 'possum
Mule's got an eagle eye so no coon will get my chicks.
Oh, My chickens don't lay and my rooster won't crow!
But me and the wife, we love it out here.
Country living, country life.

Country living, country life.
Country living, country life.

Cock-a-Doodle-Do!
kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

August 28, 2009
3:32 AM

Post #6996558

I agree with you Aunt_A about the title of the tread...
Thats the reason I looked at what it was about...
It sounded like a song to me too...LOL
Catscan
Lodi
United States

August 28, 2009
3:51 AM

Post #6996597

Quick! Copyright it!
BronxBoy
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 28, 2009
11:41 AM

Post #6997020

I would if I could sing. I'll leave it to Aunt_A

BB
catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

August 28, 2009
12:48 PM

Post #6997184

Batflower, I'd be glad to help you out...How many roos would you like me to send?

kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

August 28, 2009
4:24 PM

Post #6997887

LOL catmad

batflower

batflower
Murray River, PE
(Zone 5b)

August 28, 2009
5:44 PM

Post #6998183

LOL! I'd take them if I could!
Aunt_A


August 28, 2009
5:49 PM

Post #6998204

Shoot, I can't carry a tune in a bucket. It hops right out and back in again.

I decided why it sounds like a song:

"My daddy don't dance and my momma don't rock and roll!"

That is about all I know of that song is the catchy title or line...I really don't know which it is.

A
kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

August 28, 2009
6:29 PM

Post #6998390

I was thinking that same thing...LOL

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