How can i increase egg production??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Littlecimarron18, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. Littlecimarron18

    Littlecimarron18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have only been getting around 40 eggs out of my 60 hens everyday.
    They get all the henscratch and oystershell they want.
    They get table scraps, and other misc. food items.
    They are freerange after i get home from work, from about 6-9 everynight. and weekends all day.
    I figured it was the heat, but its been cool here lately...
    Do they need more protien or something?


    any advice would be great.


    ~"Chicken Woman~
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Not every hen will lay an egg every day. Some hens lay every otherday.

    Just like women - hens have their on unique cycle.
     
  3. Littlecimarron18

    Littlecimarron18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. i understand that part, but production has dropped. by like, 10-15 eggs a day....
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hens do not lay 365 days a year. They lay 240 - 265 on average depending on the breed.

    Are they starting to molt? Summer heat causes them to slow down too.
     
  5. Littlecimarron18

    Littlecimarron18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ummm i dont think they are molting...
    and the heat is going away now...
    sooooo..
    i dont know
     
  6. Bi0sC0mp

    Bi0sC0mp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can have a theif amoung you also never know
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hens will spend a block of time each year not laying. They have to rest and rejuvenate their bodies. Egg laying takes alot of their energy and is wear and tear on their bodies.
     

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