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Production Falling Off

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bgates1970, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. bgates1970

    bgates1970 Chirping

    Apr 8, 2008
    Somewhere, Close
    I know this question has been asked so many times but I've tried all solutions and can't figure them out.

    I average around 10-12 eggs per day and in the dead of winter around 4-5. In the last couple weeks it's been reduced to 1 if we're lucky. Yes, we've had some gloomy weather in MN but nothing they haven't seen. I know they've been eating some eggs because I've seen egg on their faces. Not a joke even though it sounds like one.

    I have:
    3 SLW
    3 RR
    4 BO
    1 BR
    1 Mutt?
    2 Polish Crested

    I just added the BR and Mutt. I say Mutt because for the life of me I can't figure out what it is. It looks like a Maran. It was free so I can't refuse FREE.

    I had changed their diet over the summer because the feedstore was always closed when I had time to stop. Bad Excuse! I was buying what I now refer to as crap. However, TSC now carries the Layena pellets which they really love. I switched back to the Layena.

    I even added some Oyster shell to their feed and scratch grains because I noticed the shells were sort of thin. Now the 1 egg we usually get has a hard shell but still no increase in production.

    I just cleaned out their whole coop and added fresh litter.

    My garden (fenced on 3 sides) sits right next to their run so I added a little gate on their run to give them access to the garden. (Should have done this long ago) I put up a temporary fence on the 4th side of the garden. So now their run is approx. 80 x 30. This I hoped would cheer them up if they were depressed. [​IMG]

    I noticed they have been doing a lot of pecking on each other. So I think my coop is too small. It's 8 x 5. So what I decided to do is donate my 3 SLW and 3 RRs to a family who is down on their luck. They want to start a flock but don't know how it all works and don't have internet to research things.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

  2. bgates1970

    bgates1970 Chirping

    Apr 8, 2008
    Somewhere, Close
    I believe I have found the problem. Molting! All my 1 year old hens are molting. My 4 - 6 mos old hens look completely fine.
  3. wombat

    wombat Songster

    Jun 23, 2009
    That would do it.

    It usually takes about 10 weeks to get through a molt, then some will start to lay sooner than others. I try to add a few new layer chicks each spring, so that come fall I still have some in their first year to keep me in eggs.

    Add some protein as they start to recover from the molt until they are back to normal.

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