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7 ways to make your chickens lay more eggs

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, you may find that your chickens are not laying as many eggs as what they were in the previous seasons. This is due to the fact that egg production is somewhat regulated to daylight hours, meaning the more sunlight your chickens see, the more eggs they will lay. However, there can be other factors which effect the production of your chickens. These include your hens getting older, moulting and broodiness.

In this article, Reid’s Equipment provide you with some tips on things you can do to try and encourage your hens to lay frequently again and therefore get the most eggs possible.

1. Selecting the right breeds

If the main reason why you keep chickens is to produce eggs, you should make sure you are selecting hens which have been bred to lay. Some breeds that tend to lay many eggs include Leghorns, Rhode Island Red, Sussex and Australorp.

2. High quality feed

You should be feeding your chickens the highest quality feed that you can, as this is important if you want your hens to lay eggs often and also of good quality. We would suggest that a ‘good feed’ should include approximately 20% protein – however, this will depend on the age of your chickens. As well as protein, your chickens feed should include vitamins and minerals.

3. Minimising stress levels

The more stress a chicken experiences, the less eggs it will lay and for this reason, you should minimise their stress levels as much as you can. There are many ways to do this. For example, making sure that they feel safe in their coops and in free range, keeping cats and dogs away from their environment and also, not chasing them, instead letting them come to you freely and in their own time.

Sometimes your chickens may experience stress which you cannot help but they feel less stressed with a routine which includes letting them out, feeding them and putting them back at the same time every day.

4. Calcium is key

It is as important to include calcium in your hens diet as it is vitamins and minerals. This is because a chicken needs calcium to produce strong eggshells. There should be a supply of calcium in a good feed, however, you should be giving your flock additional calcium. You can do this by giving them oyster shells or crushed, baked eggshells.

5. Provide fresh water

It is important that you provide your chickens with plenty of clean, fresh water. This is because a chicken can drink up to a 470ml of water each day. Chickens will happily drink from dirty water i.e. muddy puddles but this may contain bacteria and therefore is no good for their health and the production of eggs.

6. Be free from parasites

One of the main reasons why chickens may not lay as many eggs is if they have been affected by parasites. This is because at night, parasites will suck blood from the chickens legs and this results in them becoming anaemic, which causes the chickens to become to tired and furthermore, not lay as many eggs. As well as that, parasites could add unnecessary stress to your flock.

7. Provide a lot of space

Your chickens should have space to move around in during the day. If you feel that there is a lack of space, you should try and provide them with more. As well as this, the coop should not be over-crowded. Although hens like to sit close together whilst roosting, the available space should be monitored to ensure it is not crammed.