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I went a good 3 months in our Autumn,winter, eggs had become a standard item on my shopping list, but they did eventually start again.

I would just rule out something stealing/eating the eggs though by putting a bought one in the nest for 24 hrs to see if it vanishes.

If they free range I would lock them in their run for a few days in case they have found somewhere more interesting to lay.

I don't think I have an egg thief.  I have thought about putting an egg in there to see what would happen.  They are all caged at the moment.

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I was just going to ask the breeds.  :)  What food are they currently on?  My Chocolate Orpington came into lay at 7 months old, layed for a month and then took 2 months off.  4 months does sound like a long time for egg vacation.

 

What area are you in?  I would remove the corn and only give them layer pellets for now.  Corn shouldn't bee free choice anyway since it doesn't have enough nutrition in it and they will eat that before their food any day.  

 

Other question is when did they begin laying and when did they stop?

They are on layer pellets with just regular whole corn mixed.  The pellets is from Ware Milling in either 18% or 22% depending on which one they have available at my local feed store that day.  I try to get the higher protein when I can.  The corn to feed ratio is 3 to 1 and I can easily go to straight feed with no issues.  I'm in south Mississippi where we just got our first real taste of cold weather.  The 2 year olds start laying right on time at the 18-22 week old mark(as soon as I removed the roosters).  The younger ones I didn't really pay as close attention to.  The leghorns I purchased already fully feathered and they started laying about 2.5 months after I got them.  I purchased the SLW last summer and was slow to integrate them into the flock and when I did I didn't notice any jump in egg production so I don't truly know if they did or not.  I think my little golden bird was laying a creamy colored egg but she only laid a hand full of those before she stopped.  She was a summer purchase as well.

3 parts corn to 1 part feed?

That's really cutting the feed protein.

I'd be switching that ratio around to 3 parts feed to 1 part corn...and don't mix them but throw the corn down in the run.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #13 of 14
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3 parts corn to 1 part feed?

That's really cutting the feed protein.

I'd be switching that ratio around to 3 parts feed to 1 part corn...and don't mix them but throw the corn down in the run.

Oh wow, yeah.  I read it as 3 parts feed 1 part corn!

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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I miss-worded that.  It is 3 to 1 in favor of the feed.  Sorry to confuse you guys.

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