?? 45 hens, 18 eggs ??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Pine Roost, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. Pine Roost

    Pine Roost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 40 golden comets, a few RIR and 2 Dominique's, all of which are 30+ weeks old. I'm only getting 18 eggs a day, at the max. I'm feeding 16% lay pellets, free choice calcium, scraps, and grass clippings. Does anyone have an idea as to why I am not getting more eggs?

    Thanks
     
  2. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scraps and clippings are usually lower protein than food - so you may be a little low on that - and may need to up the protein.


    Any birds molting?
     
  3. Pine Roost

    Pine Roost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, none of the hens are molting. The 16% laying pellets are always available 24/7. Scraps and grass are given once a week or so.

    The feed store I go to carries a 20% protein laying pellet, but it's more expensive.... Is there any other way to bump up the protein?
     
  4. Pine Roost

    Pine Roost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anyone have any tips on getting the chickens more protein?
     
  5. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use soy meal, or a higher protien food, or meat scraps to increase protein.

    Or you can start cutting out low protien food(like scraps and clippings)
     
  6. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, it's fall. If you're not giving them light in the coop, you're going to see a drop off anyways. Days are getting shorter.
     

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