why am i getting less eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stevin, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. stevin

    stevin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just about a month ago i was getting on average 12 egs a day. then i treated my flock for worms using wazine and then followed up 2 weeks later w/ivomec pour and i also dusted all my entire flock and the coop w/sevin and repeated that 10 days later. during the egg withdrawal time my egg count went up to 14-16 eggs per day. i was exited that the egg count went up because to me that showed me that the meds were working and the hens were feeling better. well the withdrawal time ended on the 20th and their their 14-16 egs per day streak also ended that day, i'm now down to 7-8 eggs per day and it's been this way for 4 days now. now in the past week there has been a couple of snow storms and single digit temps and i also switched feed on them(not by choice). i ran out of their normal feed which i was giving them a mixed blend of layer mash and gamebird crumbles and the only place that i was able to get to on short notice carries a different brand of layer crumbles. they have been on this feed for about a week now.
    so could the extreme weather conditions or/and the change of feed be the culprits for the low egg count?
    since then i've checked my birds for any lice which is why i dusted them & also looked for mites which i have never noticed and yet to see. i'm sure that the wazine & ivomec did away with any internal parasites.....
    so does anyone have any guesses as to why my hens are producing less?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    There are many reasons. Too many possibilities here. Please take no offense, but you certainly have put them through a toxic regime of late. [​IMG]

    The simply answer is indeed the lack of sunlight, and the brutal cold weather. I would not be too awful concerned. They'll adjust to their new feed program. That seldom takes too awful long. If you are feeding a high protein, quality feed, that cannot likely be blamed.

    But so many other factors can effect performance. Age of hens, molting, and adaptation to change being big ones.
     
  3. stevin

    stevin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have been providing supplimental lighting since mid november. there has been less protien in their diet since i switched feed and eliminated the gamebird crumbles from the feed mix. but i have been tossing in a few extra handfuls of BOSS to up the protien. past couple of days here in Ma. has been fridgid, currently 6 degrees out there right now. this morning around 7am i already had an egg frozen solid and split.
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2011

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