egg production dropping...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by IggiMom, May 22, 2010.

  1. IggiMom

    IggiMom Songster

    Apr 12, 2009
    West Virginia
    I really do try to manage my little flock well. Recently I am not getting the eggs I was getting. True, I have a bunch of them broody, and apparently they plan to spend the rest of their lives like that, but still, I should be getting more eggs.

    I am wondering if perhaps they could be eating them. I have seen some evidence of this, like pecked eggs, and the occasional broken one.

    Am I going to have to start over with a new flock?

    I am really discouraged, as I have worked hard to have customers for my eggs, and now all of a sudden I don't have the eggs.

    As I said, just very discouraging.

  2. MotherJean

    MotherJean Songster

    You asked about Verm-X on another thread so I am assuming you're already considering worms as a possible reason for fewer eggs. Definitely pursue that line of thinking. Unless you're wanting chicks, I would suggest being very firm about breaking broody hens. A couple of days in "broody jail" is often all it takes to get your hen back to laying. If eggs are being eaten, it could be a hen or it could be a predator (like a snake). Lastly, if your flock is free range, have you walked your property looking for hidden nests? Wishing you all the best in finding a quick and easy solution to your decreased egg production.
  3. lilray

    lilray In the Brooder

    Oct 1, 2009
    Heck, that could be a lot of things. I say shake things up a little bit. They are probably hum drum. They will go back to laying. Draw the line with the broodies.
  4. detali

    detali Songster

    May 9, 2009
    My hens are laying fewer eggs lately too. I think the hot weather we have been having has something to do with it.

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