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help 8 hens and have only ever gotten 3 eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by frmgrl1968, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. frmgrl1968

    frmgrl1968 Out Of The Brooder

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    I finally got my first egg 3 in fact. Three different looking eggs but its been 3 day since and no eggs. I have 8 hens total what is wrong. I know the cold and short day light time affects them but I've only gotten 3 eggs total.
     
  2. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are just starting out, they can be slow, especially with short days and cold weather. Give them a little while and they will speed up. Also, not all chickens lay an egg every day.
     
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  3. mjlabs

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    Depends what kind of hens you have....some breeds lay an egg a day and some once a week. If you dont have a production-heavy breed hen then you probably wont get 'alot' of eggs. [​IMG]
     
  4. frmgrl1968

    frmgrl1968 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have golden buff and barred rock both are suppose to be excellent producers
     
  5. allpeepedout

    allpeepedout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe only three have started laying? It is individual, and may take many days or even weeks for some of the others to start.
     
  6. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree here. Maybe not all have started to lay yet. They also don't lay everyday when they are just beginning.
     
  7. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
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    This is also a tough time of year, optimally 16 hours of daylight is recommended for ladies best laying.
     
  8. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is also a tough time of year, optimally 16 hours of daylight is recommended for ladies best laying.

    This is absolutely true. My 5 BO's were laying as many as five eggs per day back in September, but the production has dropped to two or three daily since December. I look forward to seeing what happens come Spring.
     
  9. Blue Ninja

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    Check out the "feeding chickens black pepper" thread. I tried it after getting 3 eggs (at most) a day with 12 pullets. Now I regularly get 6-8 eggs a day. None of my chickens are "production" hens.

    I fed them black pepper for 4 consecutive days, then stopped once I got them jump started.
     
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  10. frmgrl1968

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    Is there a certain kind of black pepper?
     

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