egg production

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by yellowappy, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. yellowappy

    yellowappy Out Of The Brooder

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    We got into chickens in the late summer, we got 1 rooster & 11 hens....recently we discovered we have a second rooster that only half crows... the most we ever got was 3 eggs, 1 egg consistently, sometimes 2. We brought home 3 Rhode Island Reds that were all laying, the first day with the new hens 6 eggs, now we are back down to 1 egg a day. They get laying mash & cracked corn, whatever the horses toss out of the pans & what ever food scraps they can fight the barn cats for. Free roam of the pastures during the day & they all go in the coop at night...What can we do to get them to lay? & to get the ones RIR that we just got to lay again? Thanks in advance!!! :)
     
  2. squeakyballs

    squeakyballs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They slow down for the winter because the days are getting shorter.
     
  3. yellowappy

    yellowappy Out Of The Brooder

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    Even the new chickens that we just got? I know a week or so of no eggs is common due to stress, but even with the rest of the hens, all under a year, but over 6 mos....most common is 1 egg a day & we know the black hen is the one laying....how to get the other ones going again & for the first time....
     

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