Something to help them lay again?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by backpack09, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. backpack09

    backpack09 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 20, 2009
    Whitman, MA
    I brought home some new chicks a while ago.

    They all ended up being roosters.

    My hens are stressed. I removed the roosters but 2 ladies are still not laying.

    Is there something I can give them that get them over this hump and get them to lay again?
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    A protein boost often helps jump start the egg-making machinery. Calf manna from the feed store - or just lots of scrambled eggs - or even canned cat food are great protein boosting treats. Maybe a week of extra protein and see what happens.

    ETA: This is kind of the "molting time of year;" they might just be going into a molt.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2010
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I they are stressed, I would think some extra free range time, toys, treats they have to hunt for (game bird feed on the ground,) etc. would also help. Anything to get them playing and distracted.
  4. Noodle

    Noodle New Egg

    Aug 27, 2010
    is cat food ok for them to eat? I'd like to try that.
  5. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    You don't want to use cat food long term or anything - because it probably contains salt - but it will be o.k. for a protein boost.
  6. GoldenCometLady

    GoldenCometLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Walker, West Virginia
    My girls all started laying in July and were going full guns until the daylight hours
    starting getting shorter. I put a light in the coop on a timer to get them up at 4am
    also started giving them extra protein in the form of raw fish. My husband and son
    fish a lot so after the fish are filleted we store the rest in the freezer until I need
    them. I just cut off the tails and heads and cut the bodies up into managable pieces.
    Boy do they love them.

    It worked now from 11 hens I am getting 9-11 eggs a day again.

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