6 more for 6 less!

PremisesMC

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 5, 2012
30
0
22
Worcester - England
Hi Guy's N Gal's,
I recently added two lots of 3 to my babies they are all hybrids i started off with 12 and was getting at least 10 eggs a day, now i have added the other 6 (not all in one go) I have 18 hens, but i'm only getting about 4 eggs!!!!
one Orpington started getting a bit broody so i separated her and she came out of it, but i have maintained the coop and it's as clean as it can be with 18 pooing machines living in it
I am feeding them good quality layers pellets, and now it seems that most of the time the eggs i am getting are from the newbies and are subsequently very small
any ideas from this good community would be helpful... Have a nice day folks
 
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PremisesMC

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 5, 2012
30
0
22
Worcester - England
Hi Mahonri, I did think this might be part of or in fact the answer, i have them ranging in a 80ft by 100ft garden it's totally theirs and but they sleep in a coop thats 10ft x 8ft x 8ft coop < and i'm guessing that this is going to be my problem, they do fit quite well lots of roosting space and 2 very good sized nesting areas.
 

Den in Penn

Songster
8 Years
Dec 15, 2011
3,418
213
216
SE Pa.
How about stress? Introducing new members to the flock can be stressful. Anything else change at the same time?
 

PremisesMC

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 5, 2012
30
0
22
Worcester - England
Thinking about it I have moved to another version of layer pellet it's slightly lighter in colour to the usual one but i do have 2 new sacks of the original pellets I also have started to give them Verm-X (natural worming) feed supplement.
They have all settled quite well, none of them seem stressed, I'll change the feed back and see what happens.
 

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