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When egg production drops, look closely: You might discover an easy solution.

It surprises many people to learn that most hens don’t lay an egg every day. Different breeds lay eggs at different rates, and individuals within a breed can deviate from the norm as they march to the beat of their own biological drummer. Regardless of breed, a healthy hen lays to her individual potential when provided the necessary resources. Many factors play a role in egg production, and certain fluctuations are to be expected, but some signal a problem that should be addressed.

In this article, I’ll discuss some of the most common causes of egg-production decline in backyard flocks and offer some possible solutions. Bear in mind that several factors often occur simultaneously.

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