Egg count goes up after worming

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stevin, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. stevin

    stevin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2009
    Dartmouth, Ma
    i just recently wormed my flock using Wazine in their drinking water. at the time i was getting an average of 6-8 eggs per day with artificial lighting in the morning & evening. since the worming the egg count has gone up to an average of 12-14 eggs per day.
    with the 14 day egg withdrawal time frame, can i minimize/eliminate the artificial lighting to lessen the amount of eggs that will be thrown away or will that just confuse the birds? can i boil the eggs and feed them back to the chickens or will that extend the withdrawal time?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I'd leave the light alone and not feed them the eggs. JMO.
  3. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    Leave the light alone and feed eggs to other animals if you have them, cats dogs etc. I hated throwing eggs away too. It seemed so wastful. I did the wazine and then the drops on the back too. They are laying like crazy now. Gloria Jean
  4. Thousand Oaks Family

    Thousand Oaks Family Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 12, 2010
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    How can you tell if they need to be de-wormed?
  5. ikatiemay

    ikatiemay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    Eden Utah
    I havent wormed our flock. they are about 7 mo old, 8 hens 2 roos. One of the roos was supposed to be a hen BUT. So far the 2 roos get along and have decided who is boss. When do you worm and where do i get wazine and what is the drops?? This is my first flock and i am having a blast but i have alot to learn. I am getting about 5 eggs a day with lights on early am. I havent figured out for sure who isnt laying. I know one americana isnt and the other is. the rest are brown eggs so its hard to figure it out.
  6. karaokechick

    karaokechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2010
    Naples, Florida
    Last Monday I wormed my layer pullets, up till then they have never laid single egg. Then two days later 6 eggs, so six girls started laying, now we are up to nine a day. I mentioned the worming & egg situation to my DH and he thought I was crazy, then I noticed the post and wonder if the wormer had alot to do with me getting eggs from these girls.....hmmmm [​IMG]
  7. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Quote:Yes, it does. The worms were using nutrients that your hens should have been getting. Killing the worms means more energy and protein for your hens.

    As for the OP's question about light. DO NOT reduce the light. You'll probably see an immediate decrease in eggs, but it may take months to get that same production back if it doesn't induce a molt. Wait until the natural day length catches up to your artificial day length late in the spring and then you can shut off the lights. You can then let them molt naturally next fall.

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