I'm Lost?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bellschicks, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. bellschicks

    bellschicks New Egg

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    What I've got going on is my hens just stopped laying eggs. I have ten beautiful healthy ladies, and over the last 21/2 months my egg production has gone from 6-8 per day to 1 a day. They eat twice a day 16%crumbles in the morning and scratch in the early afternoon plus what they eat while ranging on our 21/2 acres. I have a variety of breeds and a great rooster to protect them and keep them in line. They live in a barn, dirt floor, cleaned regularly, always have plenty of water. I'm totally lost, and any comments or help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    It's winter silly, not enough light in the day, it will get better, after the 21 st of this month we start gaining daylight again
     
  3. bellschicks

    bellschicks New Egg

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    That's what my wife keeps saying, hope ya'll are right
     
  4. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Didn't you know women are always right [​IMG]
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    How old are your hens? and what breeds are we talking?

    I'm guessing it's just time to take a break. Most hens, especially non-production breeds or hens after their first winter, take the winter off. I have about 2 dozen freeloaders, I mean hens, and am thrilled if I get 4 eggs a day. Patiently waiting for longer days!
     
  6. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree with the rest about the declining daylight being your issue.

    I do want to make sure of one thing--you know that scratch isn't chicken feed, right? It's only meant to be fed as a treat and does not have the nutritional value of your crumbles. Basically, it's chicken candy. Also, all the research I've read says to give layer hens free-choice access to layer feed instead of feeding a set amount each day, as cycling a chicken's feed can throw off her egglaying and all those different breeds of chickens you have will require differing amounts of feed daily.
     
  7. KayTee

    KayTee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WalkingOnSunshine has got it spot on - if your girls are free-ranging then you can happily give them free-choice access to layer feed all day long. They will come and eat it when they need to, and complement it with what they get free-ranging, but they are very unlikely to overeat crumbles with 2 1/2 acres to wander around in. It is only in an enclosed coop with not much else to do that they need to have their feed quantities controlled - I would imagine that they are much the same as us - cooped up and bored they will tend to eat for want of something to do!

    I would also agree with everyone else that the short winter days are causing your lack of eggs. By pure chance I got a black star (black sex-link if you prefer) as one of my 3 girls, and she is the only one who has still been consistently laying in the last 2 months. Without her I would be faced with the prospect of having to succumb to pale, horrible supermarket eggs [​IMG]
     
  8. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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  9. bellschick

    bellschick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My name is bellschicks and I did not put that post on there. Im from west virginia.
     
  10. bellschick

    bellschick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyway...does anyone elses chickens stand right out in the rain? Some of mine just keep peckin like nothings wrong.
     

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