What is going on!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by marilyn1954, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. marilyn1954

    marilyn1954 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 12 hens and 1 rooster. Hatched April12 2014. They started laying in September and I have gotten 4 to five eggs a day. EVERYDAY. My friend has 2 hens and gets 2 to 3 eggs everyday. WHY DO I GET SO FEW eggs? They free range, get crumbles, pellets and our dinner left overs, and fresh water daily. WHATS UP?
     
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Could be sneaky nests you haven't found, could be egg eaters among your chooks, could be predators taking the eggs, could be egg drop syndrome, could be polycystic ovary syndrome or internal egg laying or other reproductive issues whether inherited or acquired or both, could be a lot of things... Can't give you a decent guess without more info on the hens.

    What do they look like? Do they all look equally mature? If in doubt, posting pics can help.

    Who's laying for sure? Have you isolated them to identify the layers, or have you checked their vents to see who's actually laying and who's not? If they're all showing the typical layer development of the vent, well, at least you know they're all laying, next trick is finding out where the eggs are going.

    Have you tried caging them all for three days to see if they're all in lay? This can help identify if they're laying elsewhere, obviously.

    Best wishes.
     
  3. marilyn1954

    marilyn1954 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No hidden eggs, no predators can get in, don't know what egg drop syndrome is, probably not the other things you mentioned, I have 12 hens who I'm sure are not having all these medical issues spewed out, and it is probably just what the other people are saying that when the days get shorter they won't lay as much if not at all. They are ornamental and people are telling me they lay about every other day so for 12 hens to give me 5 eggs a day would seem about right..................I didn't know was CHOOKS was so I looked it up and this is what I found................. "when somebody has done or said something really obviously retarded that's only worth laughing about. Similar to that of a 'dag'...........not sure if you think my question was not worthy to post, or you think something is up with my chickens. You sound like you've had a lot of problems with your chickens to know of all these "syndroms" We don't even have a chicken doctor around to take them to, so I will wait til spring, we're just talking how many eggs we're having. So I'm not going to panic. LOL
     
  4. ChookRanger

    ChookRanger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! Just so you know chook is just another word for chicken especially in Australia. Some things to consider: Your neighbor is probably exaggerating the amount of eggs they get. 2 hens can only lay 2 eggs a day, if they are getting more than that I suspect your chickens are helping [​IMG]. Your chooks (chickens) are still pretty young and their chickens might be a little older and therefore more stable layers. Some chickens are more prolific layers than others, even within the same breed. Some breeds lay more eggs earlier than others i.e. easter eggers lay later than black sex links.
    Anyway, I think your best strategy is the one you already adopted: Don't Panic.
     
  5. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    chook
    Aussie slang for "chicken." Also, "chookie."

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    An Aussie slang word for chicken that's commonly used as a 'nice insult,' especially when somebody has done or said something really obviously retarded that's only worth laughing about. Similar to that of a 'dag.'
     
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  6. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    In future I'll know better than to try to help you out with information lest you react like that again. No worries.

    Best wishes.
     
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  7. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's so easy to misunderstand each other in an online forum like this. Tone and intent can be hard to read.

    ChookRanger is right...no way your neighbor can get 3 eggs a day from two hens. Just not going to happen. And your birds are young. If they had hatched in February or march, they may have come into more full lay before the days got shorter.

    Right now, we are getting 3-6 eggs a day for our 20 hens, but some are broody and several are in molt and others haven't come into lay yet. Come spring time we will have a bumper crop of eggs!
     
  8. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Even tho you claim 'no hidden nests'...you can't be sure.


    Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 2-3 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it.
     
  10. marilyn1954

    marilyn1954 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But they only lay in their nests!
     

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