Hen after laying has a foraging frenzy

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Dgrundy14, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. Dgrundy14

    Dgrundy14 Out Of The Brooder

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    My hens, RIR and BSL just started laying this week. Exciting! But now those hens forage like it's their last time. I feed them layer crumbles but they aren't eating it like they used too. Is this normal or are they lacking some vitamins? Thanks for all your help!
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    It's not something that i have noticed with any of my new layers, but i certainly would not consider it anything to worry about. I much prefer my birds to forage, rather than sit at the feeder - both for nutritional and behavioural reasons. They may well calm down a little, once they become accustomed to laying.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    They need to eat more when producing eggs, you'll notice a significant increase in size of their poops too.
    Could a be foraging 'frenzy' because plants are just starting to grow and insects are emerging?

    How long have they been on layer and were they on starter or grower before??
    Layer can be low in protein and they may be reacting to the change there.
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    My hens almost always run off to eat the minute they exit the nest box.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    True Dat^^^
     
  6. Dgrundy14

    Dgrundy14 Out Of The Brooder

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    They were on starter grower and now on layer feed. They just started laying this week. Thanks for your input.
     
  7. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine too. They have to stop by the feeder on the way out, grab several mouthfuls, wash it down with a good drink, and then they're ready to go again.
     
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