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What can I do to boost my egglayers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sholmz, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. sholmz

    sholmz Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 13, 2013
    I have 13 egg layers. They are Amber Links, Eyes are Brown and a black Sexlink. They are 6months old and some have been laying for over a month. I started with one, then two eggs a day, then a couple of days got up to five. Now the weather is cooler and my production has dropped to two a day. I feed them layer food and have even gave them in one case, red pepper. Any help would be appreciated.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2016
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    Change in weather is most likely a factor. You are giving the proper feed, and I don't know if the red pepper is helpful or not. They are just starting their egg journey of their life. Give them a chance to get into HIGH GEAR.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Agreed re: weather influence. In my experience, new layers can be a bit hit and miss before they get their system up and running.
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    This is how I feed my layers....50/50 of layer pellets and grower till one year old...Grower for the extra protein.....Grower ration can be lowered if needed....Oyster shell and grit provided in a separate bowl.........
    Treats fed at 5% of daily ration or better yet once or twice a week......

  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I'm guessing that this means ISA Browns?
    All those breeds at that age should be laying like gangbusters, despite the shortening days and lengthening nights (it's the dark/light cycle, not the cold).

    Do you free range? Might they be laying out in range area?

    Is their coop of good size to avoid crowding stress?

    Do you feed other foods/treats besides the layer feed?
    Layer feed is often minimal protein(16%) to produce eggs, if too many other things are fed it dilutes the essential nutrients in regular feed.
  6. sholmz

    sholmz Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 13, 2013
    Thank you guys.
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 7, 2012
    With days getting shorter, you may be fighting that issue. As they are just reaching sexual maturity, some of them may wait till day length increases, and start laying in Feb. You could start supplementing their light in the coop, aiming to increase a bit at a time till they are up to 14 hours/day.
  8. prescott14

    prescott14 New Egg

    May 23, 2014
    I have given my chickens warm oatmeal mixed with feed in the winter abs it seemed to really increase there egg productionot and they love it! My chickens were a little older when I first tried it but....
  9. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2014
    Consett Co.Durham. UK
    I love the idea of calling them EYES ARE BROWNS..... instead of ISA BROWNS. Not sure if it was accidental or a play on words but think it's a far better name.

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