chickens and laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stephen.williams, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. stephen.williams

    stephen.williams Out Of The Brooder

    My chickens are 12 months old and for a while were laying 3-4 from 4 chooks per day. Recently (summer time ) they have quitened down to 1 or 2 max per day. I have noticed lots of small feathers around and wonder if moulting effects laying. Apart from that, we let them out daily for an hour or 2 and give them lots of scraps to eat. Can what they eat make a difference to egg laying as they often will wait for scraps rather than pellets.???
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    When they molt or get sick, they stop laying.

    My flock is just getting better, but I'm only getting 3-4 a day from 14 where I once got 10-12 a day.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    stephen.williams :

    Can what they eat make a difference to egg laying as they often will wait for scraps rather than pellets.???

    Take away the treats and see how fast they like their pellets again. They need proper nutrition to lay well. If you go way overboard in the treats dept. it can affect laying.​
     
  4. stephen.williams

    stephen.williams Out Of The Brooder

    Tahnkyou for that
     

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