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post #11 of 19
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Yes the they have nesting boxes. I'll have to look up the egg song... Idk what that is. I check for eggs in the morning and afternoon cause I'm outside to feed the horses twice a day.
post #12 of 19
The egg song is a loud cackling with a repetitious rhythm done after a hen lays her egg. Usually the others will cackle with her, sometimes the whole flock, it can go on for a while.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #13 of 19
Oyster shells? Depending on breed their comb falls a little. Make sure it's layer feed. My niece fed mine all flock or something everyone stopped laying. I have felt your pain before I changed the feed and added oyster shells; believe it or not some layer mix stink.
BTW I had a batch that molted before I got an egg. I was sure I was never going to see an egg, you hear cackling and the roo crowing you run girl.
Oh yah sometime I have tah get on them " you listen up girls, I'm giving you' all a good home and that feed ain't free I want some eggs!"
post #14 of 19
I feed an all flock, layer doesn't make them lay, to the contrary, it can be too low in protein in many instances and can cause egg eating. Always have a bowl of oyster shells free choice.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #15 of 19
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Ok thank you I'm gonna keep trying... I feed DuMor layer pellets and put greens in once and a while. Spinach or romaine lettuce... Haven't tried oyster shells. When do chickens usually molt? Once or a couple times?
post #16 of 19
your hens will molt in the fall after their first season of laying and every fall after that. You must be missing something. Can they get under any buildings?
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #17 of 19
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I can see every part of the coop and there are no eggs
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by DanaLyn82 View Post

Ok thank you I'm gonna keep trying... I feed DuMor layer pellets and put greens in once and a while. Spinach or romaine lettuce... Haven't tried oyster shells. When do chickens usually molt? Once or a couple times?
They usually molt once a year but I'm in FL. I hate that brand, I used that when I first had chicken but I didn't know about oyster shells, you can also give them eggs shells if you have. I use organic feed but mine free range and I have a Rural King. The Parina Layer worked for me, I was amazed. Oh gosh I remember that pit in my stomach waiting for that first egg. Sorry girl, sometimes just ask' God for wisdom helps top. Green are good, they say fruit isn't.
post #19 of 19

I see a lot of corn on the ground...that will dilute the protein in the regular feed.

Is that pic current ?

Is that cockbird mounting the hens?

Are these birds the only ones you have?

You got them all as day old chicks at the same time?

 

 

I'd lock em in the coop for a week or so, with fake eggs/golf balls in the nests, they don't call them 'hidden' nests for nothing.

Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 3-4 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it. ..at least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.

 

I'd be checking pelvic points:

2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:

Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.

More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.


Edited by aart - 4/27/16 at 3:55am

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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