Chicken coop not big enough??

Crs1

Songster
7 Years
May 13, 2014
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i have 32 hens in a coop that is 8x8 with 8 nests.
I am only getting an average of 15 eggs a day.
Seems to me with that many hens I should be getting more than that.
My thought is to many hens in the coop?
But they say 3-4 hens to a nest so it seems I have enough
Just thinking that maybe they are stressed or something
No they are not in coop at all times they have a run that is 20x30 and access to hollar. And I let them out an hour or so 3-4 times a week.
They are 4 years old and younger so maybe for some age is a reason
Thanks for your input
Connie
 

cavemanrich

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You do not mention the breed. Not ALL chickens are egg machines. Feed is also a factor in egg production. If you want maximum egg production, you may have to fine tune that as well.
WISHING YOU BEST,,,,, :highfive:
 

PirateGirl

Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist
Mar 11, 2017
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Are chickens eating, drinking, pooping, acting otherwise normal?
Any signs of feather picking/feather loss?
Are they ever locked in the 8x8 space or do they always have access to the fenced run?
 

Crs1

Songster
7 Years
May 13, 2014
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I have RIR Austrolorps leghorns Easter eggers buffs Wyandotte barred rocks cinnamon queens New Hampshire reds and I’m sure some I have forgotten. But i am under the impression that most of these are good layers
I get my feed from the local grain elevator and from march to November i ferment half the daily feed. Which they love by the way:drool
Thanks
 

Crs1

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7 Years
May 13, 2014
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Kansas City, MO
Everything seems normal. They all seem to be healthy and well. I have one leghorn that looks like she maybe coming out of a molt but other wise ok
And yes they are never locked in the coop. They are always let out every day
 

Soon2BChixMom

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According to the space recommendations 8x8 is 64 sq ft. Divided by 4 - at most you should have 16 fs chickens in there. Maybe they need a little elbow room?
Do they have enough run space?
 

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