Hens stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by shadygardener, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. shadygardener

    shadygardener Out Of The Brooder

    We have more than 12 hens that had been laying. We were getting at least a dozen eggs per day, but now we are lucky to get 2. It occurred to me this morning that my husband has not bought egg layer pellets for awhile now. They've been eating scratch feed and cracked corn only. 3 hens are free range during the day, but all the others are in a coop with access to a coop with nesting boxes and straw. I have searched the whole place for eggs and found only 1 yesterday. Could this be because they have not had egg layer feed in a couple of months? ( I bought them some just now, but wondered if the lack of egg layer feed caused them to stop laying.)
     
  2. Peplers chicks

    Peplers chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    No, they will start to lay again, that is if you are in a summer or spring season, if you are in fall or winter they might be slow. But definitely they will pick up production
     
  3. sumi

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  4. Peplers chicks

    Peplers chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Lol, Yes I forgot to add, after now you gave them feed again
     
  5. shadygardener

    shadygardener Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you so much! You confirmed my suspicions. I will give them the egg layer pellets exclusively for awhile before letting them snack on the corn again. Also, my husband has been feeding them lots of crackers and mess like that.
     
  6. shadygardener

    shadygardener Out Of The Brooder

    And the cooped ones can't even get out and eat any bugs! So hopefully they will start back laying soon.
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    That would help, yes! Tell hubby if he wants to give them treats to stick to healthy things like spinach leaves or mealworms. My chickens love spinach so much, I have a bed of the stuff planted just for them [​IMG] Also watch out for snacks and processed foods that may have a high sugar/salt content. That could cause harm if fed too often or in large amounts. Hope you get some more eggs soon!
     
  8. shadygardener

    shadygardener Out Of The Brooder

    I told him this, about the sugar and salt. Not good for anybody, including chickens and dogs. I'll tell him you said it, and maybe he'll listen! Thanks!
     
  9. DelBlueHen

    DelBlueHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ladies love kale. They'll rip it right out of my hands! [​IMG]
     
  10. shadygardener

    shadygardener Out Of The Brooder

    Yes, we were giving them lots of spinach & kale. They absolutely loved it. But the source of that ran out. I'm planting some this week, so hopefully the free range chickens will leave it to grow enough that we and the cooped up chickens can have some.
     

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