In the Brooder
- Aug 19, 2020
Good day! I am new to raising chickens and received my chickens from Cackle Hatchery in mid April 2020. I ordered 5 white brahmas and they sent a bonus white rock. The white rock started laying in October followed by one light Brahma. They both laid for a couple of weeks have have not laid an egg since the beginning of November. I was getting about an egg a day. I’ve read that light brahmas are slow to lay but I wanted to get advice. We live at 6,000 ft in the mountains in Idaho. We have a very cold climate. They live in a Eglu 5m coop, with the cold weather coop jacket, heated perch, and water heater. I give them fresh water daily and they eat scratch and peck feed organic layer- With 16% protein. I give them kitchen scraps, Crushed oyster shells, Bird seed and dried fly larva as snacks. I have noticed where I put the coop for the winter (it’s frozen to the ground so I can’t move it) doesn’t have much sun in the afternoon so then I put a red heat lamp on a timer under the coop in the run. I open and close the nesting box in the coop in the morning and shut in in the evening so they don’t poop in it. They will not leave the run when I open the door, they hate the snow. Please help!! My husband is starting to threaten the flock saying they are too crowded, and joking about eating a chicken dinner for Christmas. I am always hopeful that they will lay tomorrow. Thank you in advance for any advice you may have.