Multiple problems for 3 year old RIR hens.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NewMex Chicas, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. NewMex Chicas

    NewMex Chicas New Egg

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    Our first couple of years were great. The chicas have absolutely everything:
    free range, fresh garden greens, layena, cracked corn, grit, oyster shell, poultry conditioner.
    Nice coop and are locked in from dark to morning.

    Since spring we have had multiple problems. Please help us these are our first chickens.

    1. Not laying since spring. maybe one egg/hen/per week.
    2. soft eggs on top and some fully soft eggs, a few since beginning, has not ceased.
    3. 12 chicas and 1 very young rooster (we just got him). Still too young to mate.
    4. Some one is EATING the eggs (not him).
    5. 3 have really bad feathers, on wings, tails, and top of heads.
    6. 1 girl is aggressive, 1 is loud (squacking all the time) (just yelling at me)
    7. one girl is crowing.

    gosh just too much. We hand raised these and are very pettable (some). We really do like them.
    but. we must fix some problems.
    Suggestions, please. Dispatch the 2 or 3 that we think are the problems.

    we tried golf balls in the laying boxes, should we try again.

    thanks, any and all solutions, suggestions and hits appreciated.
     
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  3. NewMex Chicas

    NewMex Chicas New Egg

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    The layena is the Tractor Supply brand.
    the poultry conditioner is Purina
    cracked corn
    Grit
    Oyster Shell
    Lots of raw greens in the early morning when they let out.
    free range
    compost pile
    watermelon when available and hot outside
    cantaloupe when available and hot
    Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar with "mother"
     
  4. lightchick

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    Do you think they could have worms, mites or lice?
     
  5. NewMex Chicas

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    How would you know if lice, mites, etc.?
     
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