drop in egg production

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bohica214, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. Bohica214

    Bohica214 Out Of The Brooder

    10
    0
    24
    May 10, 2014
    Question- I have about 100 chickens in summer I sell 50 or so doz a week , I feed them 40 lbs food a day- 17% protein- since it got colder I am lucky I get 2 eggs a day!!

    is this normal ? I cheat them with the light now too.....
     
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,788
    125
    141
    Sep 23, 2015
    Deer park, Washington
    Some people like keeping diferent age groups. To keep a steady egg supply. . Younger chickens tend to lay better.
    Feeding that many id try to buy in bulk to keep your costs down.
     
  3. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    806
    52
    106
    Oct 26, 2015
    Southeast Alabama
    it's normal for egg production to slow/stop during winter due to the shorter days and cooler weather, also depending on age molting is normal around this time of year.

    but a quick head crunch of your numbers (if all 100 of your chickens are hens) seams you're not getting the best egg production even in the summer and feed conversion is horrible, what are their age and what breeds are you keeping? there are breeds with much better feed conversion that will lay 6-7 eggs per hen per week even during winter.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by