poor production

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sophee, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. sophee

    sophee In the Brooder

    Jun 2, 2013
    Looking for assistance. I have nine buff Orpington layers beginning their second year. We are in Virginia. Coming out of winter they have yet to change to improved production from a total of 2 to 3 eggs sometimes every other day. They appear to be in good health, plumage is good. They have been getting DuMor Poultry laying pellets or crumbles along with oyster shells for calcium. I have recently added some cat food and scraps of left over venison. I can't figure out what else to do. Others around me are getting much better production from their layers without the extras. Have I perhaps acquired a flock of poor quality?

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Buff Orpingtons lay around 3-5 eggs a week, so you aren't that far off production as far as breed. I tried Dumor once but my birds didn't care for it, I personally feed an all flock instead of a layer for that extra bit of protein, it seems to have helped my flock, a good 18-20% protein with oyster shells on the side. Hens are just beginning to pick up laying steam and you should see an increase in the next few months until it gets too hot which will slow some down. Do the others have your breed? And what are they feeding?
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Agrees more protein might help.
    Do they free range?

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