Low Egg Production/Weight Loss?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bird Lady, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. Bird Lady

    Bird Lady In the Brooder

    Feb 12, 2012
    Northern California
    I have a flock of 8 hens that has been producing quite regular, this spring I added 6 more pullets ( one turned out to be a roo ), to make room I changed up the coop and nest boxes a bit. Since then egg production is low but the primary flock doesn't seem to have the weight they once had. Im wondering what I should do to add some weight to them and if that is a factor in the decline in egg production, I feed 18% lay pellets and they free range all day. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Any stress will slow egg production, and adding new birds stresses all of them. Other issues; molting, internal parasites, external parasites, crowding in the coop and run. Check the birds carefully at night for mites and lice, and maybe have a fecal sample checked. You could worm everyone with ivermectin, killing many external parasites at the same time. Mary

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