No More Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lmdengler, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. lmdengler

    lmdengler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good Morning All - I'm new to raising chickens and hoping you can advise. I have a coop for up to 18 hens. I started with 8 young chickens (March'17) and 1 rooster. No eggs of course. A week later a co-worker gave me one year old 4 egg layers. These 4 laid eggs every day for just over a week. This Sunday - everything stopped. No eggs. We also had a rapid rise in temps. We went from 60/70 to upper 80/90. Then one egg and I know it's from one of the young chickens because of the color. Does anyone have any thoughts? Is it the food? I feed them the Purina pellets for laying hens - the same feed the previous owner was giving them. Should I be giving them a supplement? I noticed that no one is gobbling down the pellets.
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    It happens, are you free ranging any? Do you check for eggs several times a day(making sure a predator is not getting them or the hens are not eating them? Does any of your hens cackle/make the noise they usually do when they lay a egg?
     
  3. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Flock Master

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    Do you give oyster shell also? Layer feed does not have enough calcium for hens.
     
  4. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    I not disagreeing with you, all I can say is what I do. I been raising chickens for over 50 years and in the last 3 I have had a huge amount of layers--well 200+/-(according to when) and I rarely give oyster shells to them---only if I have a group/pen that is having soft shells which is rare. I use cheap 16% Dumor feed and have been for several years---rarely a soft shell egg. The Dumor for me seems to have all the calcium my layers need.
     
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  5. lmdengler

    lmdengler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no! I don't. Will they be ok?
     
  6. Crazy for Chickens!

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    I would say it is probably more related to the heat stress.
     
  7. Crazy for Chickens!

    Crazy for Chickens! Overrun With Chickens

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    It could also be any of those other things mentiond! I think your hens will be okay, even if you don't have oyster shell. I just fill up a bowl and let them decide when they want it. I personally don't thing any of my chickens eat it, but that is probably because they free range. good luck!
     
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  8. JuliaOlivia

    JuliaOlivia Out Of The Brooder

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    Does they have access to a pasture where they could be hiding them? I would say give them electrolytes if it gets any hotter too. :welcome:)
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    This is generally not true, it's specifically formulated for laying hens.
    Never hurts to have oyster shell out tho, some birds need more.
     
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  10. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Flock Master

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    Really? I've seen it all over this site and no one has ever said otherwise. I don't feed layer because of the boys but even when I didn't have them I never thought to buy layer for the girls.
     

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