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post #11 of 17

Yeah, the egg laying has slowed way down - about 1 per day out of 5 hens.  Is that enough to slow their food consumption?  Wouldn't the cold temps more than make up for the energy required for egg production?

post #12 of 17

I was wondering the same thing.  This is my first winter with hens and I've noticed that they have barely touched their feed...mesh or pellets.  They are still enjoying quality food scraps when we pass them on (but even that not as much as in the summer), but certainly have slowed down their eating.  We are down to 28 degrees at night and 40 in the day...not as cold s some of you.  I'm getting one egg a day from 4 hens.

 

But, I'm comforted to know that it might be somewhat normal for the eating to be less as many of you are experiencing this too!  Happy Chickening!

post #13 of 17

my ducks eat less, dunno bout chickens.

I believe in a world where ducks are not eaten and people don't  question chicken's motives 

     

      (why did the chicken cross the road?)

 

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I believe in a world where ducks are not eaten and people don't  question chicken's motives 

     

      (why did the chicken cross the road?)

 

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post #14 of 17

We like to put our chickens on a forest pasture during the Winter.

 

My wife made a post on the observations we've made about what they eat out there.

 

http://www.avianaquamiser.com/posts/What_do_chickens_eat_in_the_wild__63__/

--- Mark and Anna

Read more about our chicken tractors full of 7 Golden Comets, 1 White Cochin, 3 Plymouth Rocks, and 1 mean mutt rooster at http://www.waldeneffect.org
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--- Mark and Anna

Read more about our chicken tractors full of 7 Golden Comets, 1 White Cochin, 3 Plymouth Rocks, and 1 mean mutt rooster at http://www.waldeneffect.org
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post #15 of 17
Yes it is an old thread but I’ll respond anyway.

When hens are laying they need to replace a sizeable portion of their body weight for every egg they lay. Laying hens eat more than roosters and hens that don’t lay. Think how much a woman would have to eat if she were giving birth to a 7 pound baby every two to three weeks.

In colder weather they need more calories than in warmer weather to maintain body heat.

Hens that are laying in colder weather eat a lot more than hens in warm weather or hens that are not laying.

This too shall pass.  It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

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

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This too shall pass.  It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

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

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post #16 of 17
So if they aren't laying durin the winter would they just eat less? Mine stopped laying before they stopped eating as much. How does that work out exactly?
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Originally Posted by Ridgerunner View Post

Yes it is an old thread but I’ll respond anyway.

When hens are laying they need to replace a sizeable portion of their body weight for every egg they lay. Laying hens eat more than roosters and hens that don’t lay. Think how much a woman would have to eat if she were giving birth to a 7 pound baby every two to three weeks.

In colder weather they need more calories than in warmer weather to maintain body heat.

Hens that are laying in colder weather eat a lot more than hens in warm weather or hens that are not laying.
post #17 of 17

Ok old thread, same question....Got 5 Wynadottes when they were 28wks, not laying told to put them on Layer.  I did but now they're 34wks & still not laying.  Needed more feed so purchased Flock Raiser with Oyster Shells on the side.  I do ferment my feed & they do get treats; lettuce, apples, tomato, left over veggies/fruit & meal worms.  Changed to FR on Nov 20th, they gobbled it up but 3 days later just stopped!

 

They'll eat from my hand (spoiled) & their treats, so I stopped their treats.  They are pooping so they must be eating, if I leave the food in the enclosure overnight, it's gone in the morning.  They are eating less & not laying, I would think they eat MORE during winter?  Any more insight as to what's the problem?  Never had this happen before.

 

They were on DuMor Layer, now on Purina Flock Raiser......Past hens I feed Home Grown No Corn No Soy.....Any advice on feed?

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