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I wish I had the answers I am dissapointed with our egg production. We have 17 hens, they are young about 8 months old. We get 5 - 6 eggs a day. They have a 30 x 30 fenced yard and and a 10 x 12 coop. They have hay bedding and multiple roosts and 3 diff levels for nesting/laying. We are in S Tx so no cold weather to speak of yet. Oh and they have diet of laying pellets, food scraps and are let to graze outside the pen 2 -3 hours daily. We do have preditors so they must be penned unless we are around to keep an eye on things. What can I do to improve my results?
when I get this problem,...I pour the feed to them,...make sure they can feed 24-7,...also I keep a light in the coop,....someone told me to do this,..and it does work,...they'll get up and feed all hours,....and it helps promote laying.

I'll add,...I've discovered over the past few years,...If I let them range for a day,...or feed them table scrap,...it adversely affects laying,......so now they are on a strict diet of %16 lay pellet only,....I may supplement this with just a little bit of cracked corn in the winter. <the corn helps build body heat and keep them healthy.
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when I get this problem,...I pour the feed to them,...make sure they can feed 24-7,...also I keep a light in the coop,....someone told me to do this,..and it does work,...they'll get up and feed all hours,....and it helps promote laying.

I'll add,...I've discovered over the past few years,...If I let them range for a day,...or feed them table scrap,...it adversely affects laying,......so now they are on a strict diet of %16 lay pellet only,....I may supplement this with just a little bit of cracked corn in the winter. <the corn helps build body heat and keep them healthy.
May throw a light on a timer for a couple hours a day to. Mine are just now 5 months old and will supply a little extra light Late Jan.
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my hens have just hit peak production and their figures will continue to improve, hopefully.
0.67 eggs / hen / day or 4.69 eggs / hen / week

they only have natural light, organic pellets, fish oils, apple cider vinegar and access to fresh greens every day ... I have grown some winter hardy greens this year to see if it helps over the winter when most other green feed stuff is under snow and ice.

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they only have natural light, organic pellets, fish oils, apple cider vinegar and access to fresh greens every day ... I have grown some winter hardy greens this year to see if it helps over the winter when most other green feed stuff is under snow and ice.

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Ryegrass, Gulf Coast Rye specifically, is great. It grows very fast and responds to nitrogen like a son of a gun. Nitrogen is a byproduct of the operation. Just water it in if you don't have rains to do it for you.

I have plenty of space and rye grass and clovers.

On a smaller scale with some time and fencing paddocks can be built and planted, so that you can grow them and turn the birds in and out as necessary. The more the better, or the larger the better.

If free ranging just plant your yard where you want them to stay and they're on it!

This produces the most beautiful and superb egg yolk that I've ever seen.
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I wish I had the answers I am dissapointed with our egg production. We have 17 hens, they are young about 8 months old. We get 5 - 6 eggs a day. They have a 30 x 30 fenced yard and and a 10 x 12 coop. They have hay bedding and multiple roosts and 3 diff levels for nesting/laying. We are in S Tx so no cold weather to speak of yet. Oh and they have diet of laying pellets, food scraps and are let to graze outside the pen 2 -3 hours daily. We do have preditors so they must be penned unless we are around to keep an eye on things. What can I do to improve my results?
Our hen (12 of them), did not start laying an egg a day until they were almost one year old. When they were about 11 months old, the egg production really kicked into gear.
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my hens have just hit peak production and their figures will continue to improve, hopefully.
0.67 eggs / hen / day or 4.69 eggs / hen / week

they only have natural light, organic pellets, fish oils, apple cider vinegar and access to fresh greens every day ... I have grown some winter hardy greens this year to see if it helps over the winter when most other green feed stuff is under snow and ice.

Cheers

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for those that are interested, egg production is still going strong ...
latest figures are ...
0.79 eggs / hen / day or 5.53 eggs / hen / week since 1st egg laid, hens are barn raised this time of year, due to wet weather most days, and sightings of the local fox doing his rounds.

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for those that are interested, egg production is still going strong ...
latest figures are ...
0.79 eggs / hen / day or 5.53 eggs / hen / week since 1st egg laid, hens are barn raised this time of year, due to wet weather most days, and sightings of the local fox doing his rounds.

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Latest figures are ...
0.86 eggs / hen / day or 6.02 eggs / hen / week. I'm well pleased with their performance over the winter so far, mind you it has been milder than normal.

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