new to chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by yellowappy, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. yellowappy

    yellowappy Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi!!! We are new to chickens... We have had a flock of 22 hens & 2 roosters for the last 5 months or so & all we were getting was 1 or 2 eggs a day, every once in a while 3... We added 6 RIR in the last 2 weeks & the first day we got 6 eggs, now we are back to 1 egg a day... is it time to turn on the light, or add something more to the laying mash & cracked corn? They can all roam about during the day & they all go happily back into the coop at night...they also chase the barn cats away from all the scraps...any & all advice is welcome & appreciated! ty in advance!!
     
  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  3. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello & welcome to BYC. I turn the light on in the coop to help with egg production in the winter. The link that was posted above will have great info for you. Best of luck :)
     
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  4. Back2MyRoots

    Back2MyRoots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]Hey and welcome! You already have a head start, I didn't find this page until I's had my birds for several months! The things that I picked up here that seem to have really helped my birds out are (a) add a splash of apple cider vinegar to their water always! (b) feed them meat, scrambled eggs or cottage cheese in the fall/winter since there aren't as many bugs to supply protein. Good luck with your birds!
     
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  5. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
     
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  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, yellowappy, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community! I x2 would liz9910 advised. Best of luck to you!
     
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  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Corn is high in calories, but low in protein - too much leads to fat hens that don't lay as many eggs. Have you checked for hidden nests out in the area they run loose?
     
  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  10. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

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    Hello & welcome to BYC from The Heartland of Kentucky!


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