Egg laying.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bledsoe95, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. bledsoe95

    bledsoe95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All of my hens are about 1year old and i have 25 of them and only getting about 6 eggs a day i was wondering why am i getting so few eggs?
     
  2. JenEric Farms

    JenEric Farms GOOGLE GENIUS

    Oct 31, 2007
    Maine
    Where are you located? Are you using artificial light through the winter?
     
  3. bledsoe95

    bledsoe95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Virginia, and i think the artificial light might be the prob. cause i leave it on 24hrs. a day but im not for sure.
     
  4. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    24 hours of light is not good for any animal.
     
  5. bledsoe95

    bledsoe95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What should i do?
     
  6. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    Do not use white light 24/7 - that's part of your problem, it interferes with their biological rhythms. Use an infrared lamp during the evening when its below 40F, a red light when its not. When you put your chickens away in the late afternoon, turn it on, then leave it on in the morning until its been on 16 hours - that's the minimum most birds need to continue laying. Up their protein, as well.

    Red/orange light encourages fertility!
     
  7. bledsoe95

    bledsoe95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All i have is a red light.
     
  8. Cavendish Chickens

    Cavendish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't use artificial light, and my girls lay great. But I do spoil the crap out of them with treats; cottage cheese, macaroni and cheese, yogurt, scrambled eggs, fruits, veggies, breads, etc. I make sure they know they are loved too. I talk to them every day, and pet them at night before they go to sleep for the night. I would stop with the artificial light for a while. Let them get a natural routine going, then decide from there if you want to continue using artificial light later on.
     
  9. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    Cavendish, be careful with all that dairy - chickens are lactose-intolerant.
     
  10. bledsoe95

    bledsoe95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks.
     

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