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My lovely hens arrived about 2 months ago. Within the first week we were amazed that they started laying one egg each every day - we had been advised that it would take much longer.

 

For the first 3 weeks of laying we had no problems - they were happy and laying about 6 eggs each per week, just as advertised. After that, for no apparent reason, the laying became sporadic and we have now had no eggs for a fortnight. They became very tame but now seem more timid and less sprightly.

 

I’m fond of Sibyl & Audrey, they're great fun, but they were bought to provide food. I’m getting concerned that we’ll soon be eating them rather than their eggs!!

 

I’ve just started a worming supplement and tonic – any other ideas?

 

Rog

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I don't have my chooks yet but I have read about them alot on here lol.

 

Do you give them lots of treats? If so cut right back and make sure they eat all their layers pellets/mash. Do they have access to limestone flour incase they need a bit of help with the shells. Also give them/their home a good check over for lice and mites, both these things can put them off laying.

 

Hope that helps

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Unfortunately they seem to like almost anything better than the layers pellets :( but maybe I'm being a little too kind to them - it's hard line rations from now on!

 

Rog

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They will eat the pellets if that is all there is :wink::wink:

 

They do need the proper food for a nutritionally balanced diet. Once they start laying again, you can give them treats in the late afternoon.

 

Hope you get some eggs soon

 

 

:D

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Hurrah, a strict diet, worming, tonic, lots of water and the hens are perkier and there's a big brown egg today. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come; either way the threat of the rotisserie is receding :)

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It is the only way. :D Only let them free range and have limited treats in the afternoon, so that they eat up their pellets in the morning, and you should have no problems.

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Tough love isn't it. No treats till late afternoon, and they look at you so adoringly.

 

I found that one of mine stopped laying for what I thought was 8 days, but infact she had laid two softies which the others had eaten (found dried yolk on their feet so knew the culripts :lol: )

 

But I have increased their proper food and reduced the treats, and wormed also and now she is back laying lovely again. (we had two from her yesterday) so it's worth it.

 

I also stopped giving mine bread, because they were having quite a bit of that and one omleteer suggested that too much bread can stop laying too.

 

Sounds like they are on the mend.

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