Does anyone have any tricks to get hens to lay more?

cavemanrich

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I have posted on this subject before. Not everyone agrees with me though.
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WhiteWyan

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What are the hatch dates of your girls? How did they lay last year? If they are more than 4 yrs old I wouldn't expect much.

I think a good layer pellet and a low-stress environment is about all that's in your control...

Of course you can introduce artificial light. They make timers so you can have it come on and go off at certain times.
 

ChickNanny13

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What breeds do you have?
You're in Australia so you're heading into Winter, shorter & cooler days.
Shorter daylight hours = artificial light, 12 - 14hrs per day, timer
Molting = less eggs

You may want to up the protein in their feed, layer doesn't have much protein. I feed Flock Raiser and put out a separate dish of Oyster Shells for them. Molting takes alot out of them, the extra protein would help with new feathering & build them up. You could also feed as you are but give them protein treats.
 

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we have one blue leghorn, one sebright (free loader) and one ancona (only just starting to lay so not expecting many). We had more hens but a fox problem appeared, I also have 3 hens about 1 or 2 weeks off the point of lay. They are free range but have been in lock down at the moment (due to fox) and have access to clean food and water etc etc. we also have two rooster that a fully grown (one is quite old, the other one is his son) and have 3 others that we are selling soon (younger)
 
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aart

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we have one blue leghorn, one sebright (free loader) and one ancona (only just starting to lay so not expecting many). We had more hens but a fox problem appeared, I also have 3 hens about 1 or 2 weeks off the point of lay. They are free range but have been in lock down at the moment (due to fox) and have access to clean food and water etc etc. we also have two rooster that a fully grown (one is quite old, the other one is his son) and have 3 others that we are selling soon (younger)
The attack and the confinement can cause enough stress to cease laying,
especially with all those boys, especially if confinement space is too small for number of birds. Do I count 6 females and 5 males?

They may have been laying in range area before fox attack.
Could always do butt checks.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/who-is-laying-and-who-is-not-butt-check.73309/
 

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