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The poultries stop laying

Hello,
I have about 25 hens (10 of 5 or 6 months old, maybe 5 really old retired probably and the 10 left between 2 to 3 years old) and four roosters for them (the old one of 7 years or more, two of 2 years old and one of 5 months old).
I have 12 ducks (3 of 4 months old, 2 of 3 years, 2 retired and the last 5 around 2 years old) one drake for them.
Before last august we used to get between 12 and 15 eggs a day (5/6 duck egg 7/8 hen egg).
Around Jully/August the number of egg start to drop down everyday one by one to arrived today at 1 duck egg and two hen egg.

I did not change diet (soaked mais, bread, left of kitchen)
They are free range during day and closed at night.
They had lice early September, I treated with diatomeaous earth powder, it's cured.
They look healthy.
But they don't have laying cycle back to normal.
I have a hen giving blue egg so I know her and she start to lay back 3 weeks ago but she is not giving eggs every day.
Even my hen laying in the straw shed since 2 years gave up.
I thought on's they start they would give every day!
I wonder if it's because I bought the 3 duckling in august and 3 hen as well.
Are they to tight at night (6m2)?
Too many roosters?
I don't know what to do anymore!
I put cackling music in the hen house in the morning.
I know it's short light season now. Can I put a light in hen house?
So many questions not enough experience :(
Please help if you can:)
Thank you

Lucie
Friday, October 25th, 2019

Hi i would be giving them a couple of hand fulls of layers pellets I would also be looking for something taking the eggs eg bird's, rats, dogs

Chuck k
Friday, October 25th, 2019

Feed them layer pellets, try worming them, you are keeping so many roosters and look for a cause for stress like a fox trying to get in at night, also look for hidden nests, at this time of the year only the younger hens will lay, if everything else fails use artificial light.
This is the price you pay when you are kind to your hens.

Adam1
Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Try making them a hot mash or feed them some nlbbled maize before closing them in at night.This leave them with full for the cold winter nights. If you are using a light with them you need it on aprox 12 to 14 hours. Good LUCK

KENNY WORKMAN
Monday, October 28th, 2019

its the time of year for hens to slow down/stop, iam only getting 5 eggs from 20 birds, its good for them to have a break , i would not put a light in with them as your forcing them to produce which in turn runs them down, just let nature take its course.
i would leave out the bread, and feed a good layers pellets brand, and during moult add tuna in oil (to help produce good feathers) and dried cat food soaked in warm water to soften for extra protein.

pearl
Saturday, November 2nd, 2019


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