poor versus good egg layers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kronenwetter, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. kronenwetter

    kronenwetter Out Of The Brooder

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    I have white leghorn and have had americanas and rhode island reds. All are very good egg producers. But I have a barred plymouth who does nothing but eat and provide fertilizer. NO EGGS. And she is not molting and she is not sick. Any ideas?
     
  2. kubota girl

    kubota girl Out Of The Brooder

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    you can give her laying mash... that should help
     
  3. seann

    seann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice question. Sorry, I can't answer (newbie). How do you know which one is laying and not? Are they separated?
     
  4. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You learn which hen laid which egg but watching where each hen prefers to lay and what egg is in the box after she leaves. It's pretty easy to see distinguishing shapes and colors after about a week of collecting eggs. The BR will have a brown egg so it's between her and the RIR when figuring out who's egg is who's. If I have new layers and I hear someone has just laid, I'll go to the coop to investigate. The warm egg belongs to the one telling the world about it. I probably caught her sitting in that box as well earlier so it's just confirmation.
     
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  5. SelfMadeFarming

    SelfMadeFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Barred Rocks were the first to lay for me.
    I'm still waiting on my RIR to lay and they are all the same age....

    How old is your Barred Rock?
     
  6. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Climate and time of year you got her. This year has been a hard winter. Those of us up north have very few eggs even from pullets that started to lay late fall.

    If your south of me then again, it's been a hard winter especially in the south that don't see this type of cold often. If you got a summer chick or late spring that didn't come into lay before winter set in then hold out for the ride because that's what she did.
     
  7. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely don't give up on her. If she was just getting to POL as winter set in, I'd just write it off as poor timing.
     
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