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Any tips to increase egg production???

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My hens have dropped off in there production.  None of them are over 2.5 years.  Out of 11 laying hens my avg is 3 eggs.  I just do not understand.  They get all the food they want, scraps and get to get out of their yard a couple of evenings a week to free range.  Any ideas??

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post #2 of 8

Mine are doing the same thing. Are yours molting or any new changes that may have happened to stress them out? New birds in the flock anything like that?

I know mine are stressed out from being moved to a new coop and locked in there for a week while we finished their outdoor run.

Crazy Canadian with 1 very understanding husband, 2 kids, 5 German Shorthaired Pointers, 1 English Bulldog, 2 cats, flock of 24 chickens and a ton of Coturnix.
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Crazy Canadian with 1 very understanding husband, 2 kids, 5 German Shorthaired Pointers, 1 English Bulldog, 2 cats, flock of 24 chickens and a ton of Coturnix.
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post #3 of 8

These three links will give you plenty of ideas.  The most common are that they are hiding a nest, something is eating them (either the chickens themselves or some predator), a human is stealing them, or they have been stressed, maybe from the heat, running out of water, a predator attack, new location, change in feed,  change in pecking order, whatever. Mine dropped off a while and I thought it was the heat.  Then I found a big snake in the coop.

Virginia Tech Stopped Laying
http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/2902/2902-1097/2902-1097.pdf

Florida Stopped Laying
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/ps/ps02900.pdf

Missing eggs thread
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=190121

Good luck!

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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I added some new birds about 3 months ago.  Same coop, food and treat.  Just hot here but they have LOTS of shade!

Rene' owned by, 3 toy poodles, 1 cats, 2 miniature Horse,  2 rabbit, & 16 chickens, 5 finches + 2 Diamond Doves!!!
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Rene' owned by, 3 toy poodles, 1 cats, 2 miniature Horse,  2 rabbit, & 16 chickens, 5 finches + 2 Diamond Doves!!!
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post #5 of 8

I only have 1 hen and 3 pullet I was getting 5 eggs a week from the hen until I stopped giving them scratch and corn now she gives me 6.I don't know if that's the reason for it but it works for me

An egg by any other name is still an egg
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An egg by any other name is still an egg
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post #6 of 8

I only have two hens that are laying age at the moment and haven't had a single egg in 5 days.  Need to post some chicken recipes in the coop I guess....lol....one is molting and the other is just annoyed with me.

What's the two things they tell you are healthiest to eat? Chicken and fish. You know what you should do? Combine them, eat a penguin.

 

Primary breeds I raise/sell eggs and chicks from:  EE, dark Cornish bantams, silkies of mixed color, bantam cochins of mixed color, Naked Neck/showgirls, BLRW bantams, Khaki Campbell ducks, and Coturnix quail.

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What's the two things they tell you are healthiest to eat? Chicken and fish. You know what you should do? Combine them, eat a penguin.

 

Primary breeds I raise/sell eggs and chicks from:  EE, dark Cornish bantams, silkies of mixed color, bantam cochins of mixed color, Naked Neck/showgirls, BLRW bantams, Khaki Campbell ducks, and Coturnix quail.

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post #7 of 8

What are you feeding them?

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Breeding & Exhibiting Quality Bearded Silkies
Sundown Silkies Website
Sundown Silkies Facebook Page
NPIP Certified & Proud Member of the American Silkie Bantam Club & the American Bantam Association

PM or email if your interested in birds/eggs.

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My gals are eating Layena layer crumbles.  I feed them inside the coop so there is no waste and the food cannot get wet.  Also a couple times a week I through out some scratch.  About 2 cups for 25 birds.  Scraps also.  I have tried pellets 2 different times and they HATE them and do not eat worth a darn.  I read some of those links and my flock has been exposed to CRD and is closed.  I did not know that would make them have lower egg production.  I will just have to except this I guess and just love them as pets.

Rene' owned by, 3 toy poodles, 1 cats, 2 miniature Horse,  2 rabbit, & 16 chickens, 5 finches + 2 Diamond Doves!!!
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