I am amazed that some of you don't get eggs.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LarrySC, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. LarrySC

    LarrySC Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't take this wrong; I believe you when you say you are not getting many eggs.. This is our first year ever with hens; we have 8 ( 5 Amberlinks, 2 BO's and 1 Silver Wyandots. ) We got them all around easter ,last year;from Tractor Supply ; They started laying in August, and have never changed in the laying habits;;Our 8 hens lay an average of 6 1/2 eggs everyday.. We have never had a day with less than 5, and many days of 8.. We keep records everyday, and since August we get either 44, 45, 46, or 47 eggs every single week, never less.. I have read so much on here about hens needing 14 hours of light to lay, but I am here to tell you that our's never have had any extra light, and our daylight here in SC was down to less than 10 hours, and it has been a very cold winter for us, many nights in the teens, plus serveral days of snow on the ground. Our hens have a run of about 500 square feet, and we feed them Laying mash, everyday, with a little scratch as a snack;; They also get several pieces of white bread a day; They love it.. So I am wondering; are we just lucky; is it the food; or is it the breed of chickens;; or is it just because this is the first year for them.. It just blows my mind that some of you have dozens, and get one or two eggs a day...
     
  2. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let us know how they are laying next year- and then the year after!!! The first year is wonderful! Enjoy it while you can!
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Just FYI, it's common for pullets in their first season of laying to lay well in the wintertime, no matter the amount of light (artificial and natural) or the weather.
    If you are going to see a winter slowdown, it will likely be in their second year.
     
  4. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:x2 (including the welcome). Your pullets probably have not had their first adult molt yet. Next year they will start to molt around late Fall and will stop laying for 6-8 weeks during that time.
     
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:x2 (including the welcome). Your pullets probably have not had their first adult molt yet. Next year they will start to molt around late Fall and will stop laying for 6-8 weeks during that time.

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  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Quote:x2 (including the welcome). Your pullets probably have not had their first adult molt yet. Next year they will start to molt around late Fall and will stop laying for 6-8 weeks during that time.

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  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    with 16 hens, I'm lucky to get 6 in a day. Sad I know. I'm hoping warmer weather will bring more eggs.
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Most of my 28 hens are 3-5 years old. I have been getting 15-17 eggs daily, but we went with a long spell of 3-8 eggs daily. As they age, they will slow down, trust me.
     
  9. Baymen Moe

    Baymen Moe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yup, wait until next winter. My hens, new in o9 layed like gangbuster's their first winter. This winter I was lucky to get two eggs on some day's. Many day's I got none. I'm now back up to 5-8 with the day's getting longer and their first molt over with.
     
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  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:x2 (including the welcome). Your pullets probably have not had their first adult molt yet. Next year they will start to molt around late Fall and will stop laying for 6-8 weeks during that time.

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    x5 Plus next year your girls will molt and they don't lay when they molt. I have one (my BR) that started her molt in early October and she's STILL not back to laying.
     

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