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1 9 hens no eggs. on Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:14 am

Steelhead


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Hey all,
I'm new to this Forum and desperately need advice. I have 9 hens. 4 road island, 3 barred rock, 1 Americana, and 1 blonde heritage type. Also 1 rooster.
I realize it's winter but I am getting one or 2 eggs every 2-3 days out of nine hens. They have lots of food, water and seem realativily happy.
I am feeding laying pellets and some scratch. Not sure what else I'm not doing or should be doing.
Anyone have any advice for me? Thank you.
I'm on vancouver island so it's not a major cold winter or anything. Thanks again.

2 Re: 9 hens no eggs. on Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:24 pm

bcboy

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is the water freezing?

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3 9 hens no eggs on Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:17 pm

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Are you supplementing light?

4 Re: 9 hens no eggs. on Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:44 am

Steelhead


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No light, I thaw the water daily. I will be supplementing with light this weekend.

5 Re: 9 hens no eggs. on Sat Dec 06, 2014 9:42 am

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Production will slow down in the winter. Do you have lights on? Chickens need at least 14 hours of light in their retinas a day.

There are charts on various poultry sites that give you the average number of eggs a hen will lay per year. The Exceptional layers may lay up to 300 per year, the good up to 250, etc. They won't lay everyday.

The very best layers are Isa Browns and Leghorns, they will lay almost everyday, but still need to go through their cycle.

6 Re: 9 hens no eggs. on Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:47 pm

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I think adding some light will really help. Our girls took an extended break until we supplemented light for them. Doesn't have to be much, a good rule of thumb is enough light to read a news paper for a minimum of 14 hours a day. We don't run the lights for 14 hours....just a few extra hours morning and night, timers are great for that!

7 Re: 9 hens no eggs. on Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:47 am

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My cochins don't lay from their molt in the late fall, about October to January then start up again. My buff orpingtons molt in the fall, all at differing times, stop for awhile and then begin laying again, really well, about November. I have a hybrid called a Cooper that molts and then lays again right away. I have 4 hatchery stocking laying machine barred Plymouth rocks that molt and then lay again, so got lots of eggs happening. These are good winter layers, orpington, Coopers and barred rocks. I do supply supplementary lighting from about middle of September til the middle of March. Lights come on at 3:00 AM and turn off at 6 PM. I haven't tried without supplemental lighting, so don't really know if it makes a difference or not. I think temperature is more the key to happy hens, smiling that big smile. I like to raise spring chicks to come into lay for the fall so I have eggs from young gals coming, no molting in the fall, so lots of fall eggs. Think your birds are just taking a break. Have a wonderful day, CynthiaM.

8 Re: 9 hens no eggs. on Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:05 pm

Steelhead


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Thank you all for the fantasitic information. Wow. Super helpful, knowledge is power :-)

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