Can anything be done about lazy or non-layers?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by billmac, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. billmac

    billmac Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    I got 12 chicks in the spring (Rhode Island Reds). They started laying in late summer. Eventually we were getting 9-10 eggs a day, sometimes 11. I think we got 12 once at most. We had a few egg-eating issues but I truly think we got over them. I never find wetness or egg debris in the nests now. We lost 1 chicken, which I assume was one of our good layers.

    So now we have 11 hens and average about 8 eggs a day. Is there any way to easily identify the hens that aren't laying well, other than isolation? More importantly, is there anything I can do for them that might jump-start their laying? They get Agway layer pellets, shells and grit.

  2. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Do they get 14 hours of light per day?
  3. KKatknap

    KKatknap Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2009
    Albany, OR
    Egg production generally slows down in the winter (and with some breeds stops altogether). If you provide them with extra light (to make 14 hrs/day as mentioned above), that helps. Also, they stop laying while molting. Extra protein in their diet helps them through molting and back to laying.
  4. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow, I think 8 eggs from 11 hens is great! You're averaging 5 eggs/hen per week. I don't get that many eggs from mine...I hope mine get up to that level in the Spring.
  5. billmac

    billmac Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    They get 15 hrs of light per day.

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