Hmm, What Can I Do????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Dewey101, May 16, 2008.

  1. Dewey101

    Dewey101 Songster

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    i have around 10 Laying hens and one roo. There averaging around 5 to 6 eggs a day which i think i low, there all around 1 year old. The most Ive had in a day was 8 and lowest was yesterday was 3. There completally happy to my knowlege and I always give them treats. what can i do????
     
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    You are right, you should be getting more eggs from them each day.

    A couple of thoughts:

    First: Do they free range? Could they be laying their eggs someplace that you don't know about? I found an egg behind a hay bale in the barn one day.

    And, I accidentally saw part of an egg sticking up from the pine shavings in the corner. I checked and one of my girls was laying her eggs in the corner and then burying them! If I hadn't have seen that egg sticking out, I would have cleaned out the coop this spring and found who knows how many eggs buried under the bedding! Every day I had to dig in the shavings to find her egg. Silly chickens.

    Second: Cut back on the treats. Stick to layer feed, with free choice oyster shell and grit (if needed) and only give an occasional treat.
     
  3. Dewey101

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    Well, my chickens do not free range bc my dad says we shouldnt take the chance. But i never thought about diggin in the coop for them. But Ill be sure to cut back on treats!!!!
     

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