More table scraps = fewer eggs ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BruceAZ, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a flock of 5..we used get about 3-4 eggs a day

    but now only 1-2 a day..

    my leghorn stopped laying for the last 6-7+ days for some reason.. :/
     
  2. Chicken girl 15

    Chicken girl 15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they?
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Birds are not machines, and they will have reasons to lower production. Molting, any stress, diet, parasites, other illness, hours of light per day, age. Mary
     
  4. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Adding table scraps usually results in a decrease in nutrient consumption because the scraps are not balanced nutrition. Plus the scraps are either high energy or high fiber, the high fiber scraps decrease overall food consumption because of gut fill.
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Premade diets cover all the nutrition your birds need and are age appropriate...Only 10% of their diet should be other types of food..That includes, scratch grains and the table scraps...
    You answered your own question...If your egg production is down, it is the diet your feeding..Plus fat hens do not live or produce as long as healthy birds...

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  6. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    5+ months old

    my leghorn is the smallest in the group.. as for the pecking order she's at the bottom of the flock of 5..

    i don't know if bullying can be a factor or not.. since she's not laying at all for 1+ week now
     
  7. Chicken girl 15

    Chicken girl 15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try isolating your lead hen for a week and ready introduce . My smallest hen runs my flock of 152. There are 151 chickens and a duck. First in command is a very dainty 2 y/o rir hen and second in command is a blind 4y/o barbanter hen who is blind as a bat.
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    In a flock of 152 Chickens...No possible way you know who is at the top in pecking order......?? NO WAY.....
     
  9. Chicken girl 15

    Chicken girl 15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually I do. 25 are meat birds and in a coop/run all the other own. 60 are under a month old so they just answer to Big Red the adult rir hen in their coop. Duckie just eats all day and stays out of trouble. The remaining 66 are 4 separate ages making the ultimate pecking order easy to follow. My single white leghorn is almost 2 and is near the top, not for her size but for her temperament, she is very laid back yet very dominant. So yes a person as involved in the care as much as I am DOES know the pecking order.
     
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  10. Chicken girl 15

    Chicken girl 15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    151 chickens and a duck.
     

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