1 of 4 laying eggs (road island Reds)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mattskiboo, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. mattskiboo

    mattskiboo Hatching

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    Well its odd.. I have 4 road island reds. Since I got them, only one has laid any eggs. They are all the same age, 9 months old. I did have a rooster until it died and that didnt change anything at all. I feed them daily and give them a large assortment of food. They have plenty of room to roam around and they always go to their coop after dark. Im puzzled what to do.. I give them layer feed, scratch, bread, you name it. They love it and they eat a lot. But ONLY ONE lays any eggs. Any ideas?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Make sure their layer food is free choice fed and is at least 90% of their diet. Too many treats can keep them from laying because of a lack of nutrition.
     
  3. Mulemom

    Mulemom Songster

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    It's also that time of year when they stop laying either because of moulting or lack of light. If you put a light in the coop and make sure they are getting 14 hrs of light a day, you may get more eggs.
     
  4. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    Silkiechicken,
    My chickens are not laying either...so could it be that they don't eat enough of the laying pellets? I have stopped giving them treats and only feed them pellets and some hulled sunflower. They free range the rest.
    Is there anything else I should be doing? I've got a RIR, and some mixed Ameraucanas.
    My gals are 6mos old and no eggs.

    ps. I really don't want to put a light in the coop
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It is possible that they are eating too many treats. Try to keep treats under 10% or so. Since they free range though. Are you sure they are not hiding eggs from you? I probably lose at least an egg a day due to free rainging.
     

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