meat spots and low numbers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by frankenchick, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. frankenchick

    frankenchick Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Benton Twp., Michigan
    One of my customers reported that she was getting a lot of eggs with meat spots in them. Makes me wonder how many I'm getting like that. The other problem is that egg production is way down lately (6-8/day to 2-3/day).

    My hens are all 3.5 y/o or 2.5 y/o; are they just getting old? Their legs and combs are kinda pale (I haven't checked their vents 'cause it's been really cold [​IMG] ).
  2. Eastins Eggs

    Eastins Eggs Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    Ceresco Nebraska
    I would say your hens are a little on the old side for good egg production. Egg production really starts to drop off after 2 years.
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Yup, those girls are past their prime. You may consider retiring the 3.5 y.o. hens. The 2.5. y.o. hens may have another 6 months of good production in them, but egg quality is going to continue to deteriorate at their age. I consider culling when the girls reach 3 y.o. because they spend more time not laying than laying and the egg quality starts slipping a bit- shells start getting thinner/funky looking, meat/blood spots become more prevalent, whites get thinner, etc.

    The reason for your slow down is probably light related mostly, but certainly is age related as well. My nearly 4 y.o. hens (Yeah, I considered culling but I love these old biddies so I am stuck with them) have not laid any eggs since molting this fall. Fortunately, my flock has birds from all age groups, so I am still getting eggs despite their hiatus.

    Good luck.

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