Oct 122010
 

Raising egg laying hens is a great family project that everyone in can enjoy. Most people keep hens in their backyard for the fresh eggs they provide.  Chicken egg laying problems can be very upsetting for families that depend on their eggs. But it is a fact that if you are going to keep chickens, you are going to experience chicken egg laying problems at one point or another.

Chicken egg laying problems can cause panic in new chicken owners and can frustrate chicken owners who really need maximum egg production every day from their hens. Usually you will find that chicken egg laying problems aren’t the result of anything actually being wrong with your egg laying hens.  Chicken egg laying problems tend to be a natural reaction to a variety of conditions.

One of the most common causes of chicken egg laying problems is the diminished number of daylight hours that occurs in the fall.  When there are not enough daylight hours, your hens will naturally start laying fewer eggs.  This isn’t really a chicken laying problem and is more a rhythm of nature kind of occurrence.

I allow my hens to take a break during the shorter winter months because I just use the eggs for me, my family and some friends.  It gives my hens a rest and I worm my hens during this time.  I have to toss any eggs I get when I worm my flock so less eggs or even no eggs during this period of time is not really a problem for me personally.

If you really need your egg laying hens to increase their egg production back to summer levels, then you will need to provide around fourteen hours of “daylight” to get them to kick back into optimum egg production. 

As far as chicken egg laying problems go, this one is easy enough to solve.  Just hang a heat lamp or two in your chicken house to increase the amount of “daylight” your egg laying hens get every day.  The heat lamps will also make the hen house warmer which is another important factor in egg production.  It’s also important to note that the colder the exterior temperature, the fewer eggs you will get from your hens.  It’s best to put the light on a timer so that it doesn’t run all the time.

Your hens will probably take a few days to a week or more to adjust to the new “daylight” hours but once they do, your egg laying should ramp back up again.  Lack of enough daylight hours is just one of many chicken egg laying problems that you may encounter with your egg laying hens.

This is but one of many causes of chicken egg laying problems.  There can be many other reasons that your chickens are not laying eggs. To learn more about the common reasons why your hens are not laying eggs, CLICK HERE.

Oct 062010
 

Parasitic worms in chickens are more common than most chicken owners know.  It is very easy for your chickens to pick up parasitic worms on the ground.  These eggs then grow into adult worms inside them.  The infected chicken then sheds these worms through their droppings and infects more birds in your flock.

Why Should You Worm Your Chickens?

Many poultry owners either don’t know they worm their flocks or they decide to rely on “natural” herbal treatments that are ineffective.  The results are a chicken environment with a very heavy parasitic worm load.  This will lead to birds that look bad, poor egg production and can lead to the death of your birds eventually.

 How Do You Kill The Parasitic Worms In Your Chickens?

There are several products on the market that you can try.  Be aware that most advertise that they kill 100% of the worms and while that may be true, parasitic worms have a lifecycle.  The products do not kill the eggs left behind so new worms will hatch and re-infest your birds.  So you will have to treat your birds more than once.  The typical lifecycle of most parasitic worms is from two to eight weeks.  So you need to repeat your treatments during this time frame to be sure and get rid of as many parasitic worms as you can.

 The other way to reduce parasitic worm numbers is to rotate your chicken turnout areas.  You need to have a couple of places for your chickens to roam so that you can “rest” one area at a time and rotate your chickens as needed.  Keep your grass cut short which will allow the sunlight to reach the ground and kill any eggs laying there.

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Parasitic worms in your chickens can be a real problem and you may not even be aware that your chickens are infested.  The best way to find out if your chickens have internal parasites is to take fecal samples to your local vet to have them tested. Your vet can tell you what types of parasites your chickens have, what you should treat them with and how often. If you don’t have a vet in your area that will do this, it is best to assume that they do have parasites and treat them with a broad spectrum wormer at least once a year.  Remember to allow for the life cycles of the worms and treat more than once during this time frame. 

For more information on chicken care and common chicken parasites, CLICK HERE.



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