Egg help

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by coleman517, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. coleman517

    coleman517 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 23 chickens and originally we had a coop and a large fenced in area for them. We were gwtting anywhere from 15-25 eggs a day. We recently started letting them free range thinking they would be happier with more grass and places to fine bugs but we have only been getting around 6 eggs a day. Is this normal? I don't know why it has dropped so much.

    Thanks!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Free ranging birds will lay less due to more exercise which burns energy which would go into laying. They could be laying elsewhere too, so have a good look around for hidden nests. Hens will go up and down in production throughout the year, changes can cause halts in laying, things like weather or food changes and disturbances.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Never heard of free ranging reducing egg production because of too much exercise<scratcheshead>.

    But they certainly could be laying out in the range area......
    ....maybe try not letting them out to range until later in the afternoon/evening after most have laid?
    Or lock em back up for a few days and see what that gets you.
     
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  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    A lot of weird stuff I read, mostly in Backyard Poultry magazine. From what I understand they are hustling more and not just eating a straight ration so a few less eggs than confined birds whose energy goes mostly into production. Should I stop sharing tidbits? I read a lot.
     
  5. coleman517

    coleman517 Out Of The Brooder

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    Today we put them back in the fenced area to see what will happen. We looked outside and we couldn't find any eggs.
    I love getting info so I have no issue of you passing it on. :)
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Well said. Yeah that one I have no personal proof of. My free range hens lay too many eggs.
     

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