RIR hardly laying???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by butch, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. butch

    butch Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 45 RIR hens and I was getting about 35 eggs a day, but the last 5 weeks I am only getting 7-12 eggs a day, what should I do??? they are 19 months old. I feed them 16% layer feed. and always have water.
     
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    They might be slowing down for winter now. What state/country do you live in?
     
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  3. melody123

    melody123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a $2 set of chicken lights in my chicken pen that I turn on a few hours morning and evening, it seems to help.

    That said, my RIR's love to hide their eggs. The leghorns, aracauans, and barred rocks all put their eggs in the nesting box. The RIR's want to lay in the hay pile, under the goat feeders, or under a bush somewhere. Which sucks because I really want to hatch the RIR eggs.[​IMG]

    Could your RIR's be laying someone else than where they are suppose to be?

    There is also the possibility of some creature eating the eggs. (skunk, rat, mink, racoon, etc.)
     
  4. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It's going to slow down a bit this time of year, but given their age I'm wondering if they're molting as well. Are you seeing a lot of feather loss? If they are molting switching to a higher protien feed--flock raiser or gamebird will get them thru it faster.
     
  5. butch

    butch Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in Ohio, they arn't hiding there eggs and I know something isn't eating or taking the eggs. but some of the hens are losing there feathers. but do they just stop laying when there molting?
     
  6. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, they do- you're experiencing a typical moult.

    Light in the morning helps, and they need a lot of protein and oil when regrowing theier feathercoat- their bodies put the energy into the feathers and they quit paying until it is done. I use wild bird suet in the coop and give hig-protein treats during molts. i was lucky this year and had only a slow (partial) moult.
     
  7. butch

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    Thanks [​IMG]
     

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