Couple questions on deep litter and feathers

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mountainlover, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. mountainlover

    mountainlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have six chickens in a large homemade coop. This is their second winter. They recently stopped laying. Up until now we have gotten 4-6 eggs a day. Now nothing. They are molting and the coop and run have a layer of feathers on the ground. Using deep litter method, I have been stirring and adding more shavings all year long, and had no odor or any problems. Then we put the litter on the garden in early spring. But I have never had the feather problem. What do I do? Do I leave it in there as part of my deep litter method, or do I need to somehow get the feathers out, and how?? Also, do you think they have stopped laying because of molting? They are our lovely chicken pets, they will eat a spider right off the ceiling in our house if we go get one and hold her up. We hate spiders! Now we just go get a chicken. They are clean, no mites or anything, and have been very happy girls so I just want to make sure this is normal. Thank you!
     
  2. Thechickmama

    Thechickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey my neighbors are having the same problem but how often do you feed them and is their water always full and never frozen? Hope this helps! Good luck.
     
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  3. mountainlover

    mountainlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They always have layer feed available, they always have fresh water, and they get daily scraps from our family of seven. They also have oyster shell, and occasionally some scratch for fun.
     
  4. ak rain

    ak rain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens stop laying when molting and at shorter days. Could be due to either these topics
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  5. Thechickmama

    Thechickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's good! Do you let them free range sometimes? Not all the time just like 1/2 and hour a week or more(that is if the ground has no snow)? Cause that helped me last winter,also scraps help A LOT.
     
  6. Thechickmama

    Thechickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh and with the feathers, if I where u I would just leave them, one cuz I'm lazy, and two cuz it's a nice for insulation.
     
  7. ak rain

    ak rain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also have DL I let free range when I'm home. Not much found I this frozen land.
    Ak rain
     
  8. Thechickmama

    Thechickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha yah I know what you mean :)
     
  9. mountainlover

    mountainlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, we let them run around when we can watch them. We have bear, fox, raccoon, mountain lion, bobcat and coyote so they can't be out unless we are too!
     
  10. Thechickmama

    Thechickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yah that's with us too. But I don't know, if they start laying please PM me cause my neighbors are having the same problem and if you figure out what's up id love to tell them, cause they are struggling with the egg problem for over two months. :fl hope they start laying soon.
     

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