- Jan 13, 2019
I was wondering if anyone has thoughts regarding my low number of eggs lately. My flock currently consists of a RIR hen (3 years old), a Leghorn hen (3 years old), an easter egger pullet (hatched this past spring), an Orpington/Ameraucana cross hen (2 years old), a Whiting tru green pullet (hatched this past spring), a Whiting tru blue pullet (hatched this past spring), a Silver penciled rock pullet (hatched this past spring), a white polish pullet (hatched this past spring), a Naked neck mix hen (1 year old), two roosters (they don't count obviously), an easter egger mix hen (2 years old), and 7 naked neck crosses (too young to lay eggs), a Light brahma pullet (hatched this past spring), an Appenzellar Spitzhuaben hen (3 years old). We just butchered 20+ heavy-breed heritage cockerels and a couple of turkeys. I am only getting one egg a day though, and it's a different color every day, so none of my birds are laying consistently. I am afraid something is wrong, bc of my bird's inconsistent and low egg production rates. We feed them a barley based whole grain feed which we ferment. It is formulated for chickens, and is high in protein. Our chickens also get spent grains and black soldier fly larva every few days. They free-range so get plenty of greens and bugs. There is a mite infestation in the coops, so I treated the coops and bedding with Diatemacious earth, but I haven't seen any mites on my chickens when I look through their feathers. There are 8 coops in my chicken area, but only two are being used currently, one rooster sleeps in each coop. The roosters are both very mellow guys, and seldom chase/mount the hens. It has been pretty warm here lately, in the upper 60's and 70's, and it drops down to the lower 50's at night. Most of my flock is molting, but the younger hens are not. Only 2 of the younger hens have started laying which is odd because they are almost 6 months old. My hens usually start laying before then if I remember right. Should I be concerned? Is there something I should change? I have been looking for hidden nests of eggs most days, but can't seem to find any. Thanks!!