Can you increase egg production?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jerrell Hodgson, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. Jerrell Hodgson

    Jerrell Hodgson In the Brooder

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    I have 8 hens of varying breeds given to me about 8 months ago, said they were about 2 yrs. old. How long do hens keep laying? Anything I can do to increase production? Only getting 0-2 eggs per day.
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    Breeds? What do you feed?
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

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    There can be a lot of factors at play. One could be their breed. If they are production birds (bred to lay a lot of eggs early on and a high number per year) they could be toward the end of laying regularly. Sometimes these chickens can develop reproductive issues as they get older. Feed is another possibility. High protein in their feed can help. Do they free range? If so, they could be laying somewhere out in the yard. Could something be getting the eggs? If your coop is open, the eggs could be getting stolen by rats, skunks, raccoons, or other critters.
     
  4. Jerrell Hodgson

    Jerrell Hodgson In the Brooder

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  5. Jerrell Hodgson

    Jerrell Hodgson In the Brooder

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    I don't know the breeds, but there are about four different breeds. The feed is a high protein feed. They don't free range. Coop is closed and attached to a large run that is critter proof. The high production bird thing could be a possibility. Not sure. Maybe we just need to get some more hens?!
     
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  6. Jerrell Hodgson

    Jerrell Hodgson In the Brooder

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  7. Jerrell Hodgson

    Jerrell Hodgson In the Brooder

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    Don't know the breeds. The feed is a high protein one.
     
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  8. puffypoo

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    Pics would be helpful.
     
  9. bluejeans

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    Yes its easy to increase egg production get more chickens. That what they told me but it did not work . and i had to put up with all that crowing after i did it to.
     
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  10. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    these birds are adults came to you at 2 yrs they also will be set off by the move it can be traumatic for a bird to change homes
     
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