will a change from chrumbles to pellets affect egg laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nittanyxi, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. nittanyxi

    nittanyxi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 16 hens and yesterday I only got one egg. The previous 3 days I've gotten 3,5 and 2.
    I've changed their feed from crumbles to pellets. could that change be the reason for a drop in egg production?

    The hens were a year old in june
    some are molting so I did expect some drop in production but I'm not sure molting is the reason for such a drastic drop.
    I have lights that come on at 5am and they have been there for over a month so it isn't because they dont get enough light.
    Everyone looks healthy and the ones that are molting are growing healthy new feathers.
    I'm at a loss for such poor egg production
    anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. RattlesnakeRidgeWV

    RattlesnakeRidgeWV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My money says it is just the molt. Everybody is having and has had the same problem this time of year. I switched to pellets a month ago because I got tired of the waste with the crumbles being flung out of the feeder and it can pack up. I noticed no change in behavior with the switch and alot less on the ground.
     
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2011

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