How to get prepared for owning your own laying hens
When pullets start to lay, it can be erratic with some strange misshapen eggs at time. However, don’t be alarmed as this is perfectly normal!
In this article, we are going to provide you with some tips and walking you through on how to provide your hens the best chances of regularly laying beautiful eggs.
The secret to healthy egg laying lies with good nutrition.
Starting with the chick, make sure that you provide them with high protein feed until they reach laying age. When they have reached that stage, slowly change to layer feed which contains 16% protein. This ensures they get the right amount of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals to make them strong and healthy.
Keeping Their Stress Low
Stress in chickens can lead to interruption of laying cycles and other maladies.
There are many factors that can cause stress in chickens and one of the factors is heat stress. Other factors that could potentially induce stress into laying hens are changing feeds, being picked on, and broodiness. Don’t forget that the mating season is also a huge stress factor for the hens!
Keeping the Hens Disease Free
A particular symptom of a hen that is not doing well is the early signs of the hen shutting down its production of eggs. More often than not, it is due to the heavy infestation of parasites that is causing the hen to stop laying.
The solution is to keep regular health checks on the hens to make sure they are free from these harmful parasites. If you think there might be an infestation, collect a “poop” sample and bring it to your veterinarian for analysis.
Don’t forget to check for other parasites such as lice, fleas, and mites too!
Keep these tips in mind when you are embarking on this project and we hope your wonderful hens lay you some wonderful, fresh eggs!
We’d love to hear how you keep your hens laying eggs- let us know in the comments section below…