What to Feed Chickens to Lay More Eggs

by Homestead Backyard
You will need to keep in mind the fact that what chickens eat is different from what chickens must eat to produce better. But chickens will eat nearly everything ranging from spaghetti and even less exciting foods such as grass…
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Laying Hens and How Light Effects Egg Production

If your chickens are laying less frequent, this article many help you understand why.

If you haven’t made any big changes to how you’re caring for them, there’s a good chance it’s caused by the short day lengths. Chickens need 14-16 hours of light each day to lay their best… Continue Reading

The Hint of Spring

The Hens are Back to Work

Cookie, Buff Orphington

It may still feel like the dead of winter in many places around the country, but here in Arizona spring is quite apparent.  While the hens rest during the colder winter months the egg production substantially decreases.  Most all the heavy breeds continue to lay every two to three days, but the exhibition or fancy light birds quit laying altogether. But now the days are getting longer, and with warmer temperatures, the entire flock has started laying again. Even my fancy ladies Lady Madonna and Penny Lane added their pretty white eggs to the nest with all the others.

Lady Madonna, Silver Laced Polish Hen, White Egg Layer
TBN Farm Fresh Nest-Run Eggs
Penny Lane, White Crested Blue Polish Hen

This is Jojo, she’s a Sizzle pullet, and the newest addition to the flock. White egg layer.

Jojo, Sizzle Pullet

Why Do Hens Leave the Nest After Laying an Egg?

A Hen Knows Best…

Chickens never lay more than one egg per day. If the eggs are not collected, and a sufficient number of eggs are allowed to remain in the nest, the hen may stop laying eggs and start brooding. When the hen leaves the nest after laying an egg, it cools which suspends the development of the embryo inside. If the temperature remains between 45F and 65F, the embryos will remain viable for as long as two weeks. When the hen becomes broody and sits on her eggs for three weeks, all of the eggs will hatch at about the same time. This is why it is normal for the hen to leave the nest after laying.

Orpington
Buff Orpington: friendly, docile, excellent layer, has broody tendencies

Remember, not all hens will sit on eggs…ever. However, some breeds have very strong tendencies to become broody, or be inclined to incubate eggs.

Here are a few common broody breeds…

•Buff Orpingtons
• Silkies
• Cochins
• Light Brahmas
• Dark Cornish
• Buff Rocks
• Turkens
•Buff Brahmas
• Cuckoo Marans
• Cochin Bantams
• Cornish Bantams