help 8 hens and have only ever gotten 3 eggs

frmgrl1968

In the Brooder
8 Years
Oct 30, 2011
51
1
39
Wellington, Oh
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.
 

Ariel301

Songster
10 Years
Nov 14, 2009
1,355
17
151
Kingman Arizona
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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mjlabs

In the Brooder
8 Years
Dec 30, 2011
51
1
41
West Central Illinois
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.
 

BoltonChicken

Songster
8 Years
Apr 14, 2011
501
9
111
Bolton, Mississippi
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.
 

Blue Ninja

Chirping
8 Years
Jun 4, 2011
70
0
92
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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