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Egg Production (5 messages)
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DOUG/MOLLIEJ
Score: 2
We have two flocks of Austrothorp and Red Stars 30 each. When they first started laying we were getting about 80-90% production. That was about 7 weeks ago. Now the Red stars are at 33% and the Austrothorp are at 50%. Now the weather has been up and down. But we have never had a drop off like this before. Both flocks get light (natural and bulbs) for 15 hours a day. We have always done that in the winter and never had any problem. We have not changed the layer pellet feed from any other flocks we have had in the past. Any ideas on what we can do?
12/20/2013 8:38 AM report abuse

McMurray Hatchery
They may be stressed from the frequent weather changes. You could try a vitamin supplement in the water, like Avia Charge 2000. Also be sure you have the light coming on early in the morning and off when the sun goes down.
1/2/2014 10:00 AM report abuse
DOUG/MOLLIEJ
Score: 2
Right now the lights are set to come on at 6:00am to 7:00am and then turn on again at 4:30pm to 8:00pm leaving the other lighting to nature. If it gets dark about 6:30pm here, is it better to have the lights come on earlier, like 4:30am and off at 7:00am. Then let nature do the rest?
1/2/2014 3:56 PM report abuse

McMurray Hatchery
Yes, it is best to have the lights come on earlier in the morning. When it gets dark outside, they go to roost so it can be confusing if you have the lights on at night after the sun sets.
1/2/2014 4:07 PM report abuse
LORI6
Score: 0
I was just thinking; I installed motion lights on the corners of the house and they are strong enought to shine over into the chicken coop? Perhaps this is not good
5/18/2016 12:08 PM report abuse