1. 1bigpekker

    1bigpekker Just Hatched

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    I keep reading that "fat hens do not lay eggs" and I have to wonder where that idea really comes from.
    All the websites that refer to this say it is one of the 10 or so reasons hens stop laying eggs.
    I have 2 americauns that are 6 mos old and lay almost every day.(blue eggs)
    My other hens 5 (assorted) that are 3 yrs old are all fat and shiny and fully molted.
    They get layer mash, dog food and bread for treats.
    I have done this for their whole lives and got good production and beautiful eggs up until lately.
    I have not gotten an egg from the older hens in two weeks.
    I run lights from 4:00 am until 8:00 am and have been for 6 weeks.
    All older hens have molted to some degree in the last month but are all done now.
    I guess my question is are the 3 yr old hens just done laying?
    I would think I would get a few eggs from them.
    Or maybe they are too fat!
    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2016
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I believe you answered your own question.........


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  3. 1bigpekker

    1bigpekker Just Hatched

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    Let me re-phrase the question.
    Has anyone had hens that were laying and then fattened up the birds and then they stopped laying and then cut back their feed and have them start laying again?
    Or maybe a publication that addresses this situation.
    It seems that maybe it has been repeated so many times that it is now taken as fact.
    If a hen is not laying eggs then it makes sense that all of food intake that is not used should turn to fat, assuming they are not molting.
    This should happen to all hens when they go out of lay, say in the winter with shorter days.
    So which came first, the non laying hen or the fat hen?
    We will see as the days get longer if they begin to lay again, and lose the fat.
    Thanks to responders
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2016
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Okay, Cut back on the fillers and only feed them the Chicken feed....It is winter so they should start up again.....Yes, fat birds do not produce very well......



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  5. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does there breast bone feel squishy?Sometimes putting a light in the coop doesn't work.


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  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  7. 1bigpekker

    1bigpekker Just Hatched

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    Thanks for the links and the advice.
    I failed to include the fact that they free range on one acre fenced in and can get all the exercise they want.
    They do lean heavily on the dog food and complain when there is only layer food in the feeder.
    Thanks again.
     
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  8. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Yes, they can complain loudly about these things. Try to cut back a little at a time, making sudden changes in diet can throw them off even more.
     

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