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#1 2015-10-21 00:38:34

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
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really low egg production

Of about 40 chickens, almost all Basques, I am only getting about 4 eggs a day this past month. Lights are set to 14 hours. Most seem to be feathered out after molting but no increase in eggs yet. Even the pullets have stopped laying since I integrated them with the rest of the hens!

How are everyone else's Basques for egg production right now?


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#2 2015-10-21 01:39:16

gubi
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Re: really low egg production

same here.  mostly pullet eggs from the basques.  Non of my other pullets started to lay yet and all my older girls are on strike but I have not broke down yet to turn on the lights.


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#3 2015-10-21 10:49:29

hollowridge
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From: Lunenburg, County, Nova Scotia
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Re: really low egg production

Our 10 hens are giving us between 0-3 a day, just started increasing our daylight there(12 hours now), but some of them have done their molt, some are still in and I am afraid we still have a few more that are yet to come.

Our 11 pullets that are now 34 weeks old are still going, getting between 6-10 per day from them. 

Love hatching our chicks early, as they come into lay in July and keep us going when the older ones lay off (no pun intended) :lol:

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#4 2015-10-21 10:54:31

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Re: really low egg production

I was hoping for the same thing Hollowridge with early hatching and my pullets were laying really well but now that they are shut down with the flock integration I can't get them started again!


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#5 2015-10-21 11:04:31

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Re: really low egg production

:Crazy: Ours see each other but not together because of the roosters.  Hope yours isn't the way ours will go, can't keep up with the egg demand now.

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#6 2015-10-21 19:21:32

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: really low egg production

Same here PG, all of 50 hens (not all Basque, but mostly) I am getting 2-4 eggs a day.  My Rumpless Araucana are the best layers even through winter and during a molt.  All my EO's have just come out of a molt and most are fully feathered back now.  Hoping they pick back up soon as they sure are not earning their keep!! LOL

gubi your pullets that I got from you have just started to lay :jumping:

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#7 2015-10-21 23:55:52

Maggiesdad
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Re: really low egg production

Eggs dropped off here when #NotJoaquin came through... 4- 6 a day out of 40+ hens. 50% of them are older than 3 years, so I need to revamp my flock and get the canner out. I don't do lights down here,  I just let them run their natural cycle. Basques are coming out of molt and looking pretty for winter. Need to post up some pics.

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#8 2015-10-22 11:07:46

poplar girl
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Re: really low egg production

Would love to see some pictures MD, you take awesome pictures :thumbs:


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#9 2015-10-26 22:34:44

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Re: really low egg production

I had major mite infestations this summer.  My EOs haven't laid much for a few months (I have 5 hens) - drugs for mite treatment and then molting interfered I think.  One of my hens that has finished molt laid an egg this week.  My Ameraucanas have been laying more regular, but eggs have been smaller.


Starting with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) Basque, Speckled Basque, and Blue, Black and Splash Ameraucanas.

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#10 2015-10-27 00:46:23

poplar girl
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Re: really low egg production

Mites are so nasty no can be very hard to get rid of too! Hopefully you got them all :gunslinger:


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#11 2015-10-27 12:18:07

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Re: really low egg production

Yes please MD would love to see some :pics:

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#12 2015-10-27 12:47:00

Susan
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Re: really low egg production

For the past two weeks I have had 0-3 eggs! And more often than than not it's the 0 :(

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#13 2015-10-28 01:20:55

poplar girl
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Re: really low egg production

Well at least I'm not alone!

They do look pretty with all their new feathers.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#14 2015-10-29 00:24:14

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Re: really low egg production

I stared feeding some whey to them hopefully that will kick start production


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#15 2015-10-29 00:37:39

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Re: really low egg production

I actually had to buy eggs yesterday :stomp:  I needed them for some baking.........

Only ones giving me anything are my Rumpless Araucanas (getting about 2-3 a day) and a couple of my EO pullets (1-2 a day).

All my adult EO hens (24) I am getting nothing.  I have starting lighting for a couple extra hours per day and some electrolytes and vitamin water.  Hoping for more eggs :please:

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#16 2015-10-29 02:01:44

poplar girl
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Re: really low egg production

gubi wrote:

I stared feeding some whey to them hopefully that will kick start production

We milk a goat so I may try cracked wheat soaked in milk if I have extra.

What kind of cheese are you folks making Gubi?


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#17 2015-10-30 01:51:52

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Re: really low egg production

It's a kind of an Alp cheese that Rita makes.  She ages it for 6 weeks. 

had 6 eggs yesterday but down to 2 again today.  We haven't had to buy eggs yet but my parents did.  We had thanks givings at their place last weekend and the chnoepfli(spaetzle) we had looked so pale, just not the same without our own eggs.
 
I am trying to wait another month before I turn on the lights and this miserable windy wet weather isn't helping production either.


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#18 2015-10-30 13:41:49

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Re: really low egg production

I had three tiny eggs that I had saved for an emergency in the fridge. They were from my Milles Fleurs hen, the only one laying. Well I was starving so I consider that an emergency lol. I put them in the frying pan. When I flipped them one landed in the sink!!! That never happens. I almost cried.

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#19 2015-11-07 01:04:36

gubi
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Re: really low egg production

Simon found 3 silkie eggs tonight!  His two silkies equaled the production of all my other chickens today!  The silkies are in a different barn where I turn the lights on at 5am and I usually turn them off at 10:30 at night.  I turned on the timer in my chicken coop too, I need some eggs.  The lights are on from 5-8am.


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#20 2015-11-07 13:12:31

poplar girl
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Re: really low egg production

I have 1 d'uccles laying, 2 basque pullets and about 3 basque hens...enough eggs for us but not enough for egg sales.

So maybe more than 14 hours of light would help....I might give them another hour :whistle:


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#21 2015-11-07 19:01:42

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Re: really low egg production

Simon got another egg today.  These two silkie pullets were hatched in my 3rd hatch, middle of May!


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#22 2015-11-08 07:27:29

LNSS
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Re: really low egg production

Same here , And we just merged the tribes .
Here there  is no counsel , the noise was the least since we had the new blood from europe egg hatchings right beside the main bird aviary wire and tight mesh so beaks would not stab through ..We/larry  got 4 new females ,,roo's have been processed
Larry the Stud++++ has more of a job this coming year!!!

Culled that last of the ducks today ..

Were tired and cold.. This is the second time were doing this work in Nov .. We were late in starting because of the hold earlier this year on bird/egg movement across NA , that also put the ducks behind . Next year we now have NEW EO blood & the ducks have been updated also .. :eat:

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#23 2015-11-11 01:20:13

poplar girl
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Re: really low egg production

Would love to see some picture of your new EOs LNSS!

8 eggs today :excited: let's hope it's the start of an upward trend.


And Gubi...be aware your son's little silkies will likely lay a clutch and then go broody...that's what my d'uccles have done!


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#24 2015-11-11 02:46:20

gubi
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Re: really low egg production

I know PG, I have had a silkie or two for most of my live.  My silkies are really great layers when they are not broody.  Both layed an egg today, but my others have been giving us 7-9 a day now too.


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#25 2015-11-11 13:03:35

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: really low egg production

Egg production is still slow here, only one laying are a couple of the EO pullets, araucanas and silkies.  Been getting the odd "fairy fart" from my adult EO's but that is it.  I was away for a week in FL and hubby wasn't leaving the lights on for them!! :stomp:

LNSS, very interested in getting some eggs from you in the Spring!! :thumbs: :please: =D

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