Not laying. What are your experiences with buff orps?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mountain Peeps, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. Yes. They slow way down

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  2. No not at all

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  3. They decrease slowly

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  1. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Hi all!

    I have two 2 year old buff orp hens. They have quit laying. One of them has just finished molting for the 4th time this year. In your experiences, do buff orps slow way down on their second year?
     
  2. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Four molts in one year? That would seem to be an indication of a larger problem. And I wouldn't expect eggs out that bird if she's molting so often. If the other one came from the same source, I would consider the possibility that you got some poor stock.
     
  3. DaveOmak

    DaveOmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your feed may be low in protein... and lighting may be a problem....

    Without ALL the information.... everything is a guess....
     
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    They have light. I'm feeding them a 16% layer feed nature wise brand. They have water.
     
  5. DaveOmak

    DaveOmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they have Granite Grit, Oyster Shells, is the light on so they have 15-16 hours of light... and to stop the molt, add more protein to their diet...
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    They have grit and eggshells. They get about 12 hours of light a day so that might be it. Also, would dirty water have something to do with it? They water gets some muddy stuff in it occasionally.
     
  7. DaveOmak

    DaveOmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Only give them water you would drink.... and up the light to 15 ish. hours/ day... My light timer is set to 9 hours after legal sunset.... viewed on a chart... Sunset, 7:30.... lights on at 4:30 AM... and off at 10 AM... It is best to let natural dimming sunset occur..
     
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  8. DaveOmak

    DaveOmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Got my first egg.... Lights were installed 16 day ago... 15-16 hours of "daylight" in the coop and run... That's not "pure proof" the lighting using "daylight" bulbs is the cause, but..... worked for me....

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