Help! My Chickens have not laid eggs in several Months~

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by beaches4me, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. Rammy

    Rammy Crowing

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    I had all my hens stop laying completely one winter after a hard moult. Never had happened before. I found some info on it I think on the internet and put up lights on timers, got some Super Layer Pellets 22% protien to mix with thier scratch, and started putting apple cider vinegar in thier water. In two weeks they were laying again.
    Now in the winter, I do that but I dont use the vinegar anymore. Once it warms up, I put them back on 16% layer pellets. I get the Dumor brand. They seem to like it.
     
  2. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Songster

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    In addition to getting them on a high protein diet, try sprinkling a bit of hot pepper (like they have at pizza hut) on their food. It warms up the innerds and stimulates egg production
     
  3. MauryGrimm

    MauryGrimm Chirping

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    I live in a cold climate (-22 just the other night) and my chickens free range as much as possible. In the winter months I feed them greens and herbs I have foraged and dried or cook up a mash of alfalfa pellets so they have a warming breakfast. I add layer feed and scratch. I also give them fish kitchen scraps, mealy worms, etc., for the protein they need during molt. This year I have seen my girls recover quickly and one-by-one they are laying, eggs.
     
  4. Brawley Leigh

    Brawley Leigh Chirping

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    And turn off the light. Their bodies need rest time to recover from molting, winter AND malnutrition. Give more protein and a good layer feed/pellet. A great protein “treat (not intended to replace layer feed)” is Grubbly made in USA, it’s dried grubs. Also fresh, clean water. Let them rest and recuperate.
     
  5. RenoHuskerDu

    RenoHuskerDu Chirping

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    I'm at 40% of the TS layer pellets
    Crude Protein (Min) 16.0%
    Lysine (Min) .70%
    Methionine (Min) .35%
    Crude Fat (Min) 2.5%
    Crude Fiber (Max) 7.0%
    Calcium (Ca) (Min) 3.8%
    Calcium (Ca) (Max) 4.8%
    Phosphorus (P) (Min) .45%
    Salt (NaCl) (Min) .25%
    Salt (NaCI) (Max) .75%
    Phytase (A.Oryzae) (Min) 227 FYT/LB

    50% of the TS finisher crumble
    Crude Protein (min.) 15.00%
    Lysine (min.) .65%
    Methionine (min.) .29%
    Crude Fat (min.) 2.70%
    Crude Fiber (max.) 5.00%
    Calcium (Ca) (min.) .60%
    Calcium (Ca) (max.) 1.10%
    Phosphorus (P) (min.) .60%
    Salt (NaCl) (min.) .20%
    Salt (NaCl) (max.) .40%
    Selenium (Se) (min.) .30 ppm
    Ruminant meat and bone meal free.

    And about 10% of the H&H, which is 18% protein
    https://handhfeed.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Layer-Pellet.jpg

    We also supplement with ACV and slices of garlic in their water.
     
  6. slackjawedyokel

    slackjawedyokel In the Brooder

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    Like everyone else said, get them back on regular feed, and cycle the light. Put the light on a timer and make sure they have some "night". At this point, I'd start by giving them 12 hours of sun or artificial light per day. After a week or two, increase one hour per week until you hit 15. They do still need a night cycle.
     
  7. RenoHuskerDu

    RenoHuskerDu Chirping

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    Is it true that commercial eggs are grown by making the chickens stay awake 24hr with lighting?
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Not sure why the ACV and Garlic.....not much gain and can cause issues like inhibiting calcium absorption and anemia respectively.
    Your protein adds up to about 15.7%.
     
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  9. Betsy57

    Betsy57 Crazy Chicken Lady

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    Too much fish may make the eggs fishy tasting. Mine are laying good and a friend's aren't laying much at all. I feed a mixture of high protein feed (flock raiser) along with layer. Several have molted so I always increase the protein. Haven't changed the lights (14 hours). I feed Grubbly worms too as snacks for additional protein. Mine are 2 1/2 years old. 40 hens and getting two dozen a day. Not bad for winter.
     
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  10. RenoHuskerDu

    RenoHuskerDu Chirping

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    I'd have to ask the boss. My wife manages that bit. I do security and housing. I seem to recall that the lady who runs H&H recommended ACV, molasses, and garlic. I forgot to mention molasses earlier. There's also a vitamin mix from Tractor Supply, its name escapes me.

    Once the open bag of Finisher is gone, I'm going to 4 parts Layer and 1 part H&H, which should put me at 16.5% protein. I'll quit using percentages for my mix because that confuses things.
     

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