The hens have hit their winter slump and egg production is dreadfully low. We’ve done all we know to do… supplementing light, making sure there is enough protein in their feed, keeping water flowing and the feed full. So I’ve been doing a little research today to see if there is anything else that will help.
What I’ve confirmed: My girls are nearing two years old so there is a natural decline due to age. The temperatures are fluctuating between extreme cold and very mild weather (welcome to Ohio). And there was a day last week when their feed was totally empty. I’ve found that especially in the winter months, any disruption in feed or water, even if for a short few hours, can throw off production.
Layoffs will be delayed and I’ll be patient. Until then, each egg is worth its weight in gold.
I’m so thankful for all the information that is a quick google search away! These are some of the articles I consulted: