egg production

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bugkiller, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. bugkiller

    bugkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

    235
    3
    106
    Aug 24, 2011
    ontario
    I was told by a friend before i got my chickens that they slow down egg production or even stop in the winter even if you add light. I have been getting an egg every day. his have almost stoped. Just now thought about it and he has RIR's and mine are barred rocks. do rocks produce more than RIR's
     
  2. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,372
    28
    198
    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    I think it may have more to do with what lines the birds come from. I think that probably even in the same breed, some lines will lay better than others. Look at show vs production birds within the same breed.

    It may also have to do with how the birds are kept, and what kinds of foods they consume. My birds always seem to start laying late, no matter the breed.
     
  3. rirbrahma

    rirbrahma Chillin' With My Peeps

    450
    0
    99
    Oct 25, 2011
    hawaii
    Quote:X2 :)
     
  4. Lindz

    Lindz Chillin' With My Peeps

    145
    0
    89
    Jul 8, 2011
    Eastern Iowa
    I have had a light in my coop for a little over a month now and Im getting more eggs than I was before I put the light in.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    16,229
    679
    396
    Nov 18, 2007
    Florida
    My Coop
    I have Rhode Island Reds, Rhode Island Whites, Buff Orpingtons, and Isa Browns. They are all laying well. I have some neighbors who birds quit laying too. I do have a small 7 watt night light I leave on in their coop 24/7. They have no supplemental light in their coop. My birds do have nice big fenced in yards to roam in and the neighbors have a approximately 20' x 40' run. I do feed them 22% protein poultry feed and the neighbor use 16% layer.
     
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Quote:Generally, the RIR or BR are about equally good layers, with a slight nod to the RIR. If your flock is laying and your friend's flock is not, there are a host of possible reasons that would have nothing to do with the breed. Do one of you provide lighting and the other not? Do you feed different feeds? And, the biggest of all difference might simply be the ages of the flocks. A young flock, made up of first year pullets, in their first winter, generally outlay an older flock in winter.
     
  7. erinchelsea

    erinchelsea Chillin' With My Peeps

    362
    7
    111
    May 23, 2010
    Webster City, IA
    Quote:Yep, this. (We have various heavy breeds) We are getting a ton of eggs right now even though the girls are inside and it's dark out so much of the day!
     
  8. roxyblue

    roxyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

    525
    1
    111
    Jul 6, 2011
    pittsburgh, PA
    I havn't had eggs in months......my flock is only 2 years old. They have lots of food (free choice), fresh,clean water a clean coop and can free range for atleast a few hours a day. I know that some flocks stop egg production after their molt. (like mine.) However I was hopeing for a small egg every now and then.
     
  9. Chicken Crazy12

    Chicken Crazy12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    651
    9
    141
    Mar 10, 2009
    Our chickens had stopped after the moult and we even had to buy a dz store eggs [​IMG] so we added a light and what do you know about 3 or 4 days later we started getting eggs and little by little now all the hens are laying again.
     
  10. bugkiller

    bugkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

    235
    3
    106
    Aug 24, 2011
    ontario
    Fred's Hens :

    Quote:Generally, the RIR or BR are about equally good layers, with a slight nod to the RIR. If your flock is laying and your friend's flock is not, there are a host of possible reasons that would have nothing to do with the breed. Do one of you provide lighting and the other not? Do you feed different feeds? And, the biggest of all difference might simply be the ages of the flocks. A young flock, made up of first year pullets, in their first winter, generally outlay an older flock in winter.

    I think you figured it out for me. His are almost 2 yrs old. Mine 7 mths old. Did not think of age.​
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by