Where are the eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TheStewarts, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. TheStewarts

    TheStewarts In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2013
    We have about 50 chickens, half of which are of laying age/were sold to us as already laying and yet we have never gotten more than 6 eggs per day. Most days it is closer to 2-4 eggs. We have had a lot of ups and downs and welcomed many new hens and changed a lot of things so there has been a disruption of sorts. We have tried different feeds and note that some do give us even less if not NO eggs. We had a couple snakes getting into the coop but I have since snake proofed and also put mothball sachets in the coop (so the birds cant eat them but the snakes still smell them and stay away) They are a 100% free range flock (cooped over night) so there is a possibility of a secret nest somewhere but I have yet to find it. We also noticed mites which we treated for with coconut oil and DE and many crazy coop cleanings. Then I wondered if maybe we had worms so last week I treated them with verm x which is what I use for our other animals with great success so I am confident that IF they had worms they were taken care of. There were no real signs of worms or anything just a lack in egg production. Today we have gotten 6... if we get any more that will be the most we have ever gotten in a day from our 2 dozen who should be laying.

    Anyone who has wormed their chickens, how long after did they start laying again or did they pick back up in production? I will continue to look for a secret nest but I really don't know where there would be one. And I don't know what else to do at this point to get them all laying regularly. Any suggestions would be great!

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