7 hens and only 1 egg a day

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kiomey, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Kiomey

    Kiomey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know I'm new to the whole chicken keeping thing but I feel like this is strange.
    I got my first chickens this past spring (early april) and have only been getting 1-2 eggs a day. Is this normal?
    I know to expect low production in the winter but my mother keeps claiming I just need to get rid of mine and get leghorns and rirs. She wants lots of eggs... :/ my aunt has 3 rirs and gets 2-3 eggs a day
    I'm not sure of my breeds but I like all 7 of my hens and don't wanna get replace them. We think I have two ee's, two wynadottes, an australorp, a red sex link and a silkie.
    Any ideas on what's going on or is this typical?
     
  2. daoustaj

    daoustaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What food are you feeding? They should have free access to layer pellet and vegetation. Good water, grit and ample room. Anyone sickly acting? I would try a worm/mite med.
     
  3. daoustaj

    daoustaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they get a fair amount of light where they are? You should be getting an egg a day to everyother day from each. Australorps are really good layers, about an egg a day.
     
  4. BroosterSpringsteen

    BroosterSpringsteen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are your chickens? Were they laying more earlier, or have they only started recently? I have some Ameraucanas I hatched in April that still haven't laid their first egg. Some chickens are just late bloomers. I have more then a dozen hens of various ages, and I'm currently only getting about one egg a day. This is normal for my girls this time of year. A few days after the solstice (this Friday!) I'll see a big change, and then I usually all the chickens will start laying about an egg a day. The increase in daylight triggers them to start laying. So give it another 2 or 3 weeks.
     
  5. Kiomey

    Kiomey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed purina layer from the mill, offer veggies/leafy greens, they get decent light, I don't have a light out yet to extend their hours but I feel I should soon eh?
    No one seems sickly, they're all active and friendly. Their feathers look a little rough, and its been kinda damp the past few days :/
    Should I worm them as a precaution and get a light bulb oh there asap?
    They all hatched early April, only a few days apart.
    Guess I'll experiment and report back in a week or so,
    thank you guys for your input! I really appreciate it.
    any other advice please share ^-^
     
  6. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    They are young and I would expect them to be laying still if they had already started laying before fall hit. Of course if they aren't production I wouldn't expect an egg a day - even productions take a few days off here and there. My WL was doing fantastic until she molted - now it's been 4 months and still no white egg from her. But the WL/EE mix is laying a large green egg pretty much daily. My EE lays a green egg along the same pattern as the AC lays her white egg - about every other day.

    If you put a light on them now I don't know if it will help too much as the light should be started when the days start getting shorter to keep the daylight hours longer. The days are going to start getting longer in about a couple of weeks - but of course that will be a gradual thing. But what the heck - you can try it and see what happens.

    As far as worming - you can try that if you think they are suffering from a worm overload. I've done dewormer medications in the past and presently I am using natural methods like garlic powder on scrambled eggs and raw pumpkin w/seeds inside to deworm.

    My 8 layers (3 are production breeds and 1 is an EE) are presently giving between 2-5 eggs a day. My silkie went broody and just started laying again after 2 months of not laying. My WL still hasn't resumed laying after molting at the end of summer.

    I decided not to supplementally light the coop this year and give them a much needed break - I still get enough eggs to sell and keep.
     
  7. AuntB

    AuntB Out Of The Brooder

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    I haven't seen anyone ask if they free range during the day. If so, have you checked around the yard? They may be laying somewhere that you're not aware of!
     

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