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Inconsistent egg laying

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Hey all,

 

Just wanted some advice for my girls. I have 4 red sexlinks, 1 barred rock, and 1 easter egger. So generally we are getting between 1-3 sometimes rarely 4 eggs a day. My coop is about 9ft long by 6ft wide, and the run is the same measurements. We have a total of 4 nesting boxes typical 1x1x1. I have 5 roosting bars for them plenty of room. We are feeding them 16% egg layer pellets. I have a 3 gallon waterer outside and 1 gallon inside for them. In the mornings we usually feed them some treats like cabbage, lettuce, meal worms, grass, whatever else. We also lay down 2-3 large cup fulls of scratch for them. Should we stop giving the scratch and only offer the pellets and the veggies we normally give them? Should I add another nest/s boxes or maybe more roosting bars? There is plenty of ventilation, and the run is covered on the top. Should I add some small lights in the coop itself to help it does get dark in there. Any ideas are helpful.

post #2 of 7
1 nest box can accomadate up to 4 hens, maybe cut down down on the amount of scratch by a cup and see how that does, sometimes stress can affect egg production

2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thank you

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Definitely cut out the scratch......or go to a higher protein feed.

16% is about minimum for egg production. 

 

How old are birds?

 

Do they free range? Maybe laying out in range area?

 

Wonders how you fit 5 roosting bars in a 9x6 coop?

How long are they? They only need about a foot per bird.

 

Do nests and feeders take up room in coop?

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 #5 of 7
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Okay thanks I'll bump them up to 20%. They don't free range outside of the run because of the city laws. What I did this morning is move my hanging feeder from inside to out in the run for them, and I'll put it back at night. Here are some pictures to give you a rough idea what it looks like. They range in age from 1 1/2 years the youngest is 1. Here is some pictures so you can get a better idea of my setup.  Keep in mind the feeder is hanging not on the blocks, and also the nests have been lowered because they were having a hard time getting into the boxes at first. Also there is another set of roosting bars I added next to the other ones.

 

 

 

post #6 of 7
I have a question one of my pullets is laying really odd shaped eggs. What does that mean?
post #7 of 7

most of the time when chickens just start laying they have odd looking eggs or double yolkers

if they are just misshapen it's probably ok, if they look really weird post some pictures as that might not be right

2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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