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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mike n deb, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. mike n deb

    mike n deb Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2011
    hello fellow members we purchased our 4 already laying chickens from a rescue farm outside of Deland, Fla.
    We built a 3 teired box coup 4ft x 2ft deep x 3.5ft tall inside a 12ft sq pen, we started feeding them w/ quality feed for layers and a good supply of clean water and gave them greens and other scraps. It took about 3 wks before they started laying eggs and slowly worked up to 3 or 4 eggs a day they kept this pace for about 10 wks then suddenly two of them went on strike and stay in the coop all the time while the dominant one hardly going in the coop at all and the other one spends more time out then in the coop and they are only giving 1 egg a day if that. This has been going on for 2 wks now the two hens that stay in the coop have to be phisicaly forced to leave the coop and get agressive. Can anyone shed some light on our problem Thanks Mike n Deb
  2. LivingRootsFarm

    LivingRootsFarm Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2011
    Sorry can't help with the problem...however I am located in Samsula and was wondering were the rescue farm was that you got your hens from. I have some 8 week our chicks but would like to find some that are already laying. Thanks
  3. equine chick

    equine chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    You could try giving them a little cayenne pepper in their feed, believe it's a tablespoon per lb. It really helps encourage sluggish layers. [​IMG]
  4. equine chick

    equine chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Forgot! [​IMG] from western pa.
  5. HatchingFever

    HatchingFever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2011
    Welcome From Sunny San Dieago CA [​IMG]
  6. BlakesFarm

    BlakesFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2011
    Upstate SC
  7. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
  8. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!
  9. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

    Nov 20, 2009
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] sounds to me you got you a couple broody hens and as far as the others a broody hen can be pretty assertive about who uses the nest [​IMG]
  10. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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