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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MEchickenfarmer33, Sep 13, 2011.
any suggestions on how to increase egg production????????
more light. and maybe higher production birds.
Also make sure their nesting area is more cozy and comfortable for them. My chickens simply won't lay if they don't have a good place to do it, and right now two broody cochins are hogging the nesting area, so I've hardly been getting any eggs from the other hens. Can't wait to move them into the larger coop we're building!
Are these pullets that have recently started laying or older chickens? Pullets that have just started laying can take a little while to start laying regularly. Hens get into a seasonal rhythm of laying, after they're a year old. Shorter day length in winter or fall molting can reduce or stop laying temporarily.
A well balanced diet with adequate protein will help them lay the optimum number of eggs. Too many added carbs, like too much scratch or other high carb treats, lowers the total amount of protein in the diet.
Make sure they aren't laying their eggs out in the yard, if you free range. Make sure nothing is stealing eggs, like snakes, rats, squirrels or a pet dog.