How many eggs should I be getting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bgates1970, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. bgates1970

    bgates1970 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 19 hens in a coop that is 12' x 8' completely insulated with windows. I have 12 nest boxes. It has a dog house heater that keeps the temp around 45 degrees.

    I feed them Layena pellets and some scratch grains once a week.

    I usually get between 4-8 eggs per day. That seems really low.

    How many should I be getting?

    My chicken breakdown is:

    5 - Rhode Island Reds
    4 - White Leghorns
    3 - Silver Laced Wyandotte
    4 - Buff Orpington
    3 - Easter Eggers

    Our daily egg collection usually looks like this:

    1 - green egg (Easter Egger)
    2 - brown eggs (probably RR)
    4 - white eggs (leghorns)
    1 - buff egg (Orps)


    How come that's all I'm getting?
     
  2. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    How old are the girls?
     
  3. bgates1970

    bgates1970 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ages:

    5 - Rhode Island Reds - all are 1.5 years old.
    4 - White Leghorns - all are 9 months old
    3 - Silver Laced Wyandotte - all are 9 months old
    4 - Buff Orpington - 3 are 9 months old - 1 is 3 yrs old
    3 - Easter Eggers - all are 9 months old
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Do you provide supplemental lighting?
     
  5. bgates1970

    bgates1970 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have not provided any supplemental lighting. I have in the past by using a Timer and Brooder lamp. I'll hookup the Timer and Brooder lamp tonight.
     
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    A brooder lamp is a bit of a fire hazard and expensive to run, frankly. A simple 25-40 watt mini CFL is all you need.
     
  7. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    seems to me like you should be getting more eggs too, even in winter. Not sure though. Have you wormed the chickens since summertime?
     
  8. kareninthesun

    kareninthesun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got 12, which is good, but here's what I got last week:
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    and this:
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    actually, the same eggs, but from a different view. I had more, but gave them away. Getting some super-lovely Black Copper Maran eggs now too~THIS IS SOOOOO MUCH FUN!
     
  9. kareninthesun

    kareninthesun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OOps....Marans. Thought I broke myself of that habit!
     
  10. kareninthesun

    kareninthesun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry! Posted in the wrong section. Are you getting more eggs yet? They are still kind of young, so maybe they are taking a break until there's more natural sunshine. If you aren't finding any tell tale signs of them eatting their own eggs or finding them squirrelled away somewhere in hidding. Sometimes a few of mine will decide that laying eggs behide the hay block is the best spot.
     

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