Dec 29, 2012

Decrease in Egg Production: Causes & Solutions

Decrease in Egg Production: Causes & Solutions
Collecting eggs from the nest boxes is one of the great joys of backyard chicken keeping and when the yield from the nest boxes isn't what we expect, it can be disappointing, and at times, cause for concern. A drop in egg production can be one of the first signs of a problem and just as we pay attention to our hens’ droppings to monitor their health, so too should we pay attention to the daily egg count.
 Eggs in nest. The-Chicken-Chick.com
Fluctuations in egg production can be caused by a myriad of physical, behavioral, environmental and emotional triggers, some requiring remedial action and others, no cause for alarm. To determine the reason for a decline in egg production, a complete flock history and physical assessment of all birds should be performed, asking questions such as: have any new chickens been added to the flock, were new birds properly quarantined, have there been any changes in feed, housing arrangements, weather, lighting, droppings, have there been any signs of predators or illness such as eye discharge, sneezing, lethargy, etc.  After taking all factors into consideration, the cause should become apparent.
White Crested Black Polish chicken, pullet.
The following are some of the causes attributable to a drop in egg production:

Decreased lighting conditions
Light triggers a hen’s pituitary gland to produce eggs. Regular egg-laying requires 14 to 16 hours of light and decreased daylight hours in autumn and winter can cause a drop in or stop to egg production. Supplemental light can be added to the coop to encourage egg-laying with no detrimental effects to the hen despite myths to the contrary.
The Chicken Chick's coops in Connecticut.
Molting
Molting is the natural process of feather shedding and re-growth. Hens divert protein and energy away from egg production to concentrate on feather growth. Supplementing a hen’s diet with extra protein during a molt can aid in feather growth and egg production.
Molting hen. Bantam Cochin Frizzle. The-Chicken-Chick.com
Stress and Change
Hens are extremely sensitive to stress and typically respond to it by putting the brakes on egg-laying. They particularly dislike change, which is a major cause of stress and decline in egg-laying. Any one of the following can adversely affect egg production: changes in feed, changes in coop layout, moving to a different farm or coop, adding or losing flock members, annoyance from a well-intentioned child, a fright from a predator, irritation from internal parasites (worms, coccidia) or external parasites,(lice, mites, rodentsviolent weather, barking dogs and high heat.
Poultry Lice. The-Chicken-Chick.com
Broodiness: A broody hen in the coop can affect a flock’s egg production. Not only does she stop laying eggs; the mere sight of her sitting on a nest can inspire a chain reaction of hens to brood, resulting in fewer eggs overall. Broodies should be broken properly or permitted to hatch eggs to ensure a prompt return to egg-laying and to preserve their health.
The Broody Bunch. The Chicken Chick
Disease-Illness-Parasites:
Hens that are ill or have parasites such as worms, coccidia, mites or lice, do not perform optimally. Taken in conjunction with flock history and any other symptoms, a drop in egg production can indicate that hens are sick or suffering from a parasite infestation. For example: if a drop in egg production follows the addition of new chickens to the flock and no other physical symptoms are noted, a communicable disease or parasite should be suspected and investigated further.
**Any time a sick chicken dies suspiciously, the USDA should be contacted to have their veterinarians assist in a FREE disease investigation, which includes a necropsy of the deceased bird(s). Always preserve the body for a necropsy by keeping it cold, never frozen, until further instruction is given by a vet. 866-536-7593.**
Rainbow of eggs in pink carton. The-Chicken-Chick.com
Egg Hiding
Free-range or pasture-raised hens may fall into the unwelcome habit of laying eggs outside the coop in secluded locations. Hens have been known to disappear for weeks, secretly brood eggs and return to the flock with baby chicks in tow! Coop training ordinarily eliminates the problem of egg-hiding.
Egg-hiding chicken laying in lemon balm. The Chicken Chick
Egg-eating chickens
Everyone loves fresh eggs, and chickens are no exception. Hens often start eating eggs when they discover a broken egg in a nest box. Once a chicken gets the taste of this high-protein, nutritious snack, it becomes difficult to deter intentional egg breaking and eating. Much more on addressing this problem behavior here.
Chickens thinking about eating those eggs. The Chicken Chick
Age
After two years, a hen’s production naturally declines. An aging flock will naturally produce fewer eggs after its first two years. Nothing can reverse this process.
Eggs in Basket with Barred Plymouth Rock. The-Chicken-Chick.com
Predator Theft
Various predators can be responsible for egg theft including: raccoons, rats, snakes, opossums and skunks. Coops should be secured with hardware cloth to ensure that nocturnal predators cannot gain access to the birds at night when they are most vulnerable.
Various predators can be responsible for egg theft including: raccoons, rats, snakes, opossums and skunks.
Raccoon in Hav-a-heart trap. The-Chicken-Chick.com
Nutrition Imbalance
The wrong feed, too many snacks/treats, overcrowding, mixing commercial layer feed with scratch/cracked corn/oats, etc.  & being physically prevented from getting to the feeders by another flock member can all lead to nutritional deficiencies, which can result in a drop in egg production. 
Access to clean, fresh, cool water at all times is imperative to the formation of eggs. Egg production will suffer if a hen's access is limited physically (frozen or too far away) restricted (prevented from reaching it by another chicken) or unpalatable (dirty/medicated/warm). The installation of a poultry nipple waterer can solve most water-related problems. A cookie tin water heater will keep water from freezing in traditional waterers is an inexpensively and effectively.
Welsummer hen drinking from The Chicken Fountain
Egg binding or Internal Laying
Malfunctions of the oviduct are less common causes of a change in egg production. If the underlying problem isn't detected and addressed, the hen will often perish as a result.
Eggs on the beach. The-Chicken-Chick.com
Multicolored eggs in basket The-Chicken-Chick.com
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick

912 comments :

  1. Samantha Houston12/29/12, 9:24 AM

    How much land would be right for at least 2 chickens. We are wanting to raise chickens when we get a house (my hubby has a soy allergy and it is becoming harder to find soy free eggs), but i was wondering what would be the best size yard or lot. 

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  2. I just love your blog and fb page! thank you!!!

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  3. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 12:50 PM

    Thanks so much Lori, it's nice to have you with me!

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  4. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 12:52 PM

    Are you going to free-range or keep them confined to the coop and run? The coop should be a minimum of 4 square feet per bird and the run should be a minimum of 10 square feet per bird, MORE if they will not be free-ranging. I highly suggest planning for more birds than two; I know of nobody who ever ends up with the number of birds they thought they wanted initially!

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  5. Mary Ann Yoder12/29/12, 2:57 PM

    I did NOT know about the USDA number... thanks for providing it! Very good to have.
    I love your blog. 

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  6. Zlata Zajicova12/29/12, 3:56 PM

    I cant find the address FB page :(

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  7. Zlata Zajicova12/29/12, 3:57 PM

    I cant find the address FB page :(

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  8. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 5:14 PM

    My Facebook page is: http://www.Facebook.com/egg.carton.labels.by.adozengirlz

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  9. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 5:16 PM

    My pleasure, Mary Ann. Thanks so much. :)

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  10. Very informative article. Thx.  The necklace is gorgeous, excellent prize

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  11. I subscribed to your blog, follow you on Facebook and Pinterest... I've learned SO much from you! Thank you :)

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  12. OH MY GOODNESS... so precious !!! LOVE this necklace ! Although, I tend to LOVE anything chicken related !!! LOL Happy Henny New Year, Kathy !

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  13. Jessica Stegman12/29/12, 7:53 PM

    Thansk for this blog post, I haven't suffered from lack of eggs from my flock of pullets yet, but I know many who have! 

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  14. Some of these things I knew, but there were some I didn't. Thank you for the info and for all the info, pics, funnies, etc. you share! :)

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  15. followed your blog, pinterest, and youtube. Love your pics and your posts!

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  16. Hi, I'm now following your blog by email :)

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  17. I'm just glad I read up on Molting and it's effects on egg production because I'm sure I would have thought the girls where sick. Up here in the PNW it's dark during the winter. This has lead to 2 of the girls not laying, but the other 2 keep on giving! Great article!

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  18. Janet Christian12/29/12, 7:56 PM

    I was lucky that my gold commets lay an egg a day except when brooding and nothing I could do would get them off the nest until they were ready.  even my hen that moulted layed an egg at least every other day

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  19. My egg count is only down by  2 or 3 :)

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  20. Summer Richards12/29/12, 7:57 PM

    I saw your giveaway on your FB page...thanks a bunch for all of the chicken information.

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  21. not sure why my comment didn't show up...New at this! Following you on Pinterest, Youtube, and your blog. I love your pics and the info you put out. You have helped me more than once!!! Thank you!

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  22. Stacy Hester12/29/12, 7:58 PM

    Beautiful necklace!  Thanks for all the info you provide!  Now I have the USDA # and know what to do if something doesn't seem quite right about a hens death.  

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  23. As always, informative and lively.

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  24. Bobbi Sanchez12/29/12, 7:58 PM

    LOVE the nipple waterer.  I've been thinking so much lately about switching over.  Do you know how well ducks do with them?  My ducks and chickens each have separate coops but they mingle in the same yard together.  Although I guess it wouldn't really matter as the ducks have their pool.  They don't seem to mind drinking and bathing in it!  yuck!  lol


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  25. I love this necklace you have up for the contest. OMG so cute. I just love your contests and your blogs of course. You are my favorite person on here. You have alot of info 

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  26. Good article by the way. And I sure would like to have that necklace!

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  27. Very interesting info...planning on having chickens again in  our yard this Spring!

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  28. 9 eggs today, from 12 hens, not bad for end of December.
    Love to win the necklace!

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  29. Stacy Hester12/29/12, 8:00 PM

    Beautiful necklace!  Thank you for all the info you provide.  Now I have the USDA # and know what to do if something doesn't seem right about a hens death.  
    (sorry if this is a duplicate...sometimes disqus makes it seem like I never posted)

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  30. I follow you on Face Book also. My daughter has about 6 chickens and I have gotten her to follow you also. She was given a chicken that  had  literally kept getting attcked by the roosters and tore out all her feathers on her back. I told her to look up your blog and it is the most beautiful chicken every and lays a lot of eggs. Her two children love them and hold them like pets. I hope I win because I will her the necklace!!!



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  31. Your page is so informational. as a beginner, I have learned sooooo much. I am so in live with all my chickens and it is all your fault!!! lol thank You!

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  32. Love your post, can you recommend a good resource book. I want to get started with chickens but I feel a little overwhelmed. Is there a chicken raising for dummies? Lonette Little lslangel8@yahoo.com 

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  33. I would like to have 3 large chickens. I believe this is all my family needs.I am hoping to acquire them this spring.  Is it just that it is enjoyable to have more or are more than three chickens needed.  And I love your blog. I catch pieces on facebook and have now subscribed by email.  thank you 

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  34. Love your  blog and Facebook page!

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  35. Love your site,so much information and pictures..love. Y chicks.

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  36. Kasia Sevier12/29/12, 8:07 PM

    I love your blog...I use a lot of your information in teaching the youth members of 4H that I am a poultry leader to. I would love a chance at winning that beautiful necklace as well!

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  37. Your posts are well thought out and very informative! Thanks!
    Erin
    Patriots Dream Farm

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  38. Love this page beautiful necklace. Love to have it. Been raising chickens for 20 years still loving it

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  39. Subscribed to your blog.  I have been keeping up with you on Facebook.  Love it!  You give such important information and we have been raising chickens for a long time.  Always something new to learn with chickens.

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  40. I would love to win the necklace.
    Dawn
    frugalfamily@live.com

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  41. Joyce Zaleski12/29/12, 8:23 PM

    Oh how pretty!! Please accept my entry for the beautiful necklace. queenb@epix.net

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  42. Jennifer Mashiak12/29/12, 8:27 PM

    SO far my girls are still laying. Thanks for  providing us all with your great information. 

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  43. meemawcheryle12/29/12, 8:27 PM

    thanks for all the good info,been following you on Fb when i found your blog posted on another post ,looking forward to my emails 

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  44. Thanx for a chance to win....I also did NOT know about the USDA number... thanks for providing it! Very good to have. 
    I have learned a lot from your blog.  morgan_48612@live.com 

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  45. I am researching and hope to have chickens by next spring.  Chickens and the way they sound have always had a calming effect on me , and the benefit of fresh eggs too .

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  46. I want my own chickens so bad! I subscribed to your blog because you have great information and the most calm demeanor....it makes me think I really can do the backyard chicken thing! Thank you!!!!

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  47. All of my girls are on Egg Holiday Break :)   :)

    I decided not to provide supplement lightening to causethem to lay... I am a bit fearful of fires for one reason...
    And too, thought let the girls be as natural as possible :)But, I must admit, I am beginning to miss the daily gifts :)  :)
    ~Michael.. ...

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  48. Love your Blog and always want to learn more about my Chickens so I can be the best Chicken Mom possible!

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  49. Always so much good info! 

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  50. Heather Williams12/29/12, 8:51 PM

    Great Info about the USDA disease investigation!

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  51. K. Mitchell-Day12/29/12, 8:51 PM

    I love this necklace! What a great give-away!

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  52. love your page, I have 4 chickens and hope to add to my flock this spring!
     

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  53. Love your page, I have 4 chickens (1 RIR and 3 Speckled Sussex) and hope to add more to the flock this spring

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  54. countryewe115612/29/12, 8:59 PM

    Your help has been an asset to our hens.  In the spring, we are planning to make some more changes to our coop.  We have 13 hens now.  I am curious if the nipple waterer is successful. Our water feeders get very dirty. Thanks, donna

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  55. Oh how I love that necklace!  We are still getting 2-3 eggs a day...not sure how, lol

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  56. We tried the watering nipples with our birds but they never got the hang of it.  We may need to try the pvc pipe version rather than the 5 gallon bucket version.  

    I subscribed through email :)  Thanks for the chance!

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  57. I love all the info you post and your FB page.

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  58. very interesting thanks for the tips

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  59. Karla Freeman12/29/12, 9:43 PM

    Great information. Thanks. I actually give my hens light (via a daylight spectrum bulb) so that they have about 14 hours daylight, and I'd heard mixed opinions. Good to know I'm not being detrimental to my hens. They are happy girls, and from 11 hens I get 5-6 a day through winter (California winter). I also veered off and read up on egg eaters...I had just added shavings to the nest boxes and popped in a few golf balls. Also refilled their oyster shell bowl. these always have worked in the past. I think mine eat them if they are cracked for whatever reason - always seemed to me that it would be a preservation thing for them...not having broken eggs around to lure predators. But I probably wouldn't actually pass a class in chicken psychology... (oh, and the necklace is sweet!!!)

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  60. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 9:59 PM

    Very interesting theory, Karla. I like it!

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  61. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:00 PM

    Thanks Diane!

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  62. fantastically informative post!  Can I ask which breed lays the amazing dark brown eggs? I have some Barnvelders and they lay dark eggs but not as dark as these ones!

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  63. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:01 PM

    There are a few training tricks you can try, Emma. Once one tries it out, all the others soon follow. Flocks always get it and fall/winter/spring are the best seasons to train them.

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  64. Sorry, a bit new to 'disqus' did my comment about egg colour show up? :)

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  65. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:01 PM

    Thank you Laura! The dark chocolate brown eggs are laid by my Black Copper Marans hens, which I got as hatching eggs from LoudenFarms.net

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  66. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:03 PM

    Thank you Donna. The nipple waterers are wildly successful! I have a blog post you can read about them and see them in action: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/07/the-advantages-of-poultry-nipples.html

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  67. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:04 PM

    It did, Laura! :) There's a moderation process that comments have to go through before appearing.

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  68. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:04 PM

    Thanks so much, happy to have you here! Gotta love chicken math, huh? :)

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  69. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:05 PM

    Thanks Linda. :)

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  70. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:05 PM

    Of COURSE you can!! You'll wonder why you waited so long once you finally take the plunge. :)

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  71. One day I'll win something (; never hurts to try haha (:

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  72. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:09 PM

    Michael, there is absolutely nothing unnatural about chickens laying eggs in the winter; Humans exported chickens from areas of the world where they naturally have enough daylight to continue laying all year long. What's unnatural is the added darkness.
    Hens are not harmed in any way by the supplemental light. See what The Chicken Vet has to say about that very topic here: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/09/supplemental-light-in-coop-why-how.html

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  73. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:10 PM

    Good for you, Vandala! Please let me know if I can answer any questions for you at all.

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  74. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:11 PM

    Consider it accepted, Joyce! :)

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  75. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:11 PM

    Thank you! Happy to have you with me here and on Facebook!

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  76. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:12 PM

    Thank you Erin. ♥

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  77. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:12 PM

    Thanks Carol!

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  78. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:12 PM

    Thank you Peggy!

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  79. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:16 PM

    Hello Lonette! Great question! There are several books I highly recommend for chicken keepers: Raising Chickens For Dummies is one of them! (Ludlow & Willis)
    The Chicken Encyclopedia (Damerow, Gail) is an outstanding reference book to have on-hand at all times for beginners and experienced chicken keepers and The Chicken Health Handbook is an absolute must-have in your library. I found it overwhelming as a beginner, however, it is worth its weight in gold once you get a handle on the basics and if you ever run into any health-related questions.

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  80. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:18 PM

    Hi Traci! Most of us acquire more chickens because the hobby is so enjoyable, the chickens are wonderful pets and the different breeds and egg colors are compelling!
    Thanks for being with me here and on my Facebook page, Traci! Please let me know if I can help with any questions at any time.

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  81. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:20 PM

    That's so nice of you, Freda!

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  82. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:22 PM

    Thanks Deanna!

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  83. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:22 PM

    Good for you Lisa!

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  84. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:22 PM

    Thanks Wendy. :)

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  85. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:22 PM

    Impressive, Lj!

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  86. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:23 PM

    Thanks Beth. And good luck!

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  87. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:23 PM

    Thank you Rene. :)

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  88. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:24 PM

    Bobbi: ducks do beautifully with them and you're right, they will use their pool water too. I highly recommend The Chicken Fountain- can't beat it.

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  89. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:24 PM

    That's so nice to know, Kaye. Thank you and good luck in the giveaway!

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  90. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:25 PM

    Thanks Tiffany. :)

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  91. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:25 PM

    Nice, Janet!

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  92. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:26 PM

    Thanks for following, Theresa!

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  93. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:26 PM

    My pleasure, thank you Carissa!

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  94. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:26 PM

    It's just a matter of time, Jessica. ;)

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  95. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:27 PM

    Lol! Happy New Year!

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  96. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:28 PM

    Thank you Anita!

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  97.  It will probably be like yarn! Look out, family! BOL!

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  98. Beautiful necklace...and did you ever say what breed layed the really dark brown eggs??

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  99. I love the colors of the eggs, so beautiful

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  100.  gorgeous, not sure they're very easily got in NZ!

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  101. you have the best info........first place I come when I have a question

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  102. TheChickenChick12/31/12, 10:02 PM

    Thank you Toni, happy to be able to help. :)

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  103. TheChickenChick12/31/12, 10:03 PM

    My Black Copper Marans lay the dark chocolate brown eggs, Kaye.

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  104. Elaine Lewis1/9/13, 9:29 AM

    I haven't had an egg in two weeks but I have two chickens so I am just waiting patiently for longer days and some fresh eggs.

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  105. Peggy Eiland1/10/13, 7:40 PM

    So much helpful info. Thank you.

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  106. Still my favorite chicken blog ...ever

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  107. love my chickens we had a duck but a badger took our flock from 80 to 20  they need us to win them some feed, LOL 

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  108. Love your facebook page! and now I am subscribed by e_mail to your blog! Great work and thanks! :)

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  109. wonderful page/blog you have going i have learned so much by fallowing you on facebook.

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  110. I am beginning to think my hens are on permanent strike.  Will be so happy to get eggs again

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  111. Megan Brown1/10/13, 7:45 PM

    Oh how I love the dark colors of your eggs. I am hoping to get some black copper marans this spring...have a good place to buy eggs or chicks?

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  112. Joyce Zaleski1/10/13, 7:47 PM

    Would love to win a bag of  Nutrena for my girls. This would be a great reward for all their hard work :)

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  113. Thanks for such a wonderful blog,It is so well organized,  this is where I come when I'm looking for answers (or FB)  I would love to win a bag of feed :)

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  114. love your page - i learn so much!!!!!!! thank u for all u do!

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  115. Love your posts. Hoping my girls will lay any day now. Love the pictures and the great information.

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  116. thanks for all the info, fun pictures!!!

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  117. Rachel Dennis1/10/13, 7:56 PM

    Great info and have wanted to try this brand of feed for a while now

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  118. I would love to try Nutrena food for my new flock of silkies.

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  119. Joni Hutton1/10/13, 7:57 PM

    LOVE the site!  I have raised chickens my whole life and now I am leading a young group of 4-H members down the chicken road!  We have one successful year behind us with blue ribbon fair winners and grand reserve champion!  We have lots of eggs and the kids are loving every minute of it!  I love sharing things from here!

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  120. I want a chicken that lays the really dark eggs also.

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  121. Another blog of excellent information!

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  122. Thanks again for the information

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  123. I really enjoy your blogs as well as all your fb posts. If I already get your blog via e mail do I still qualify for your contests? I sure would like to win a bag of Nuterna for my girls & guy.

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  124. Love all your posts. I hope my girls will start laying any day now. Lots of useful information. I have never used this feed. I would love to try it. Winning would be a great way to do that. Thank you. :)

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  125. We had a dramatic drop in eggs.  I was worried but couldn't find any problems.  Two weeks later I found 35 eggs stashed in the barn under my husbands shovels. Sneaky girls :)

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  126. Thanks for the chance to win feed! Awesome idea! The girls can always benefit from some extra protein right now

    Jessica

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  127. I love reading your blogs. I can never get enough backyard Chickens. : ) I love my Chickens. 

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  128. Crystal Sharp1/10/13, 8:03 PM

    I would love to win. I get my eggs from a neighbor who loves her chickens but has fallen on some hard times. I'm sure she would appreciate a gift like this :)

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  129. I use nothing but Nutrena for my girls so I would love to win a bag!!!!  (nothing but the best for my ladies)

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  130. I would SO love to win some Nutrena feed for the girls!  <3

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  131. forgot my email, oops!  evwoyak@newnorth.net  and I still love Nutrena and your blog!!!

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  132. Yay, another contest!

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  133. I really love both your blogs & your fb entries. If I already get you blogs via email through my yahoo account do I still qualify for this contest? I know my girls & guy would love some Nutrena

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  134. Always great info on your site...great giveaway, thank-you.

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  135. Julie Goulart1/10/13, 8:09 PM

    So GRATEFUL FOR ALL your shared wisdom to keep my Ladies Happy & Healthy!

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  136. Coleen Head1/10/13, 8:09 PM

    My girls have slowed down for the winter, but still producing fairly regularly.  I do have an 8 month old that hasn't layed since November :(  We moved the girls into a larger coop and a few weeks later she went on strike.  This is the same silly girl who I can't break from sleeping in the nesting boxes.

    I love getting your blog through email!  Always something interesting and informative.

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  137. following blog and now commenting!

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  138. My ladies aren't old enough to lay yet.  Hopefully I don't run into too many of these problems!

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  139. We have been experiencing the normal decrease in production.  We have also experienced some unexplained deaths too this winter.  It is so hard to lose those we love so much.

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  140. Hoping for the feed bag, I just got 5 polish bannie chicks!

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  141. Awesome information! Love your page!

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  142. Barbara Buchanan1/10/13, 8:19 PM

    I've been dreaming for two years ~ and getting lots of great info from your blog.  I just ordered my first chickie-babies.  Can't wait to get them now!

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  143. Just signed up to follow you through email! Lots of great info!

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  144. Nutrene feeds? Good products, and good fit with your blog. I share some links with my backyard poultry meetup group.  But for some reason my husband's name shows up on your site here, if anything ever shows

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  145. Love all the info you put out there. I come from a family who use to be chicken farmers . And I have been bring the chicken love back.

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  146. Great info.  I have 3 out of 8 layers laying right now.  A few went broody, the others decided to moult or just go on strike with them.  -sigh- 

    Great giveaway.  YOu always have the best contests!

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  147. Lots of great info here! thanks so much for all the hard work!! Jeff IN NC

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  148. joely pentlow1/10/13, 8:40 PM

    I would love to win a bag of the Nutrena Poultry Feed!  I love the photo of all the different colored pretty eggs.

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  149. I wish I had some more chickens. I just love looking at yours and miss having mine.

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  150. Ricardo Palacio1/10/13, 8:49 PM

    Thank you for all the great info. I  use your site as reference for information I don't know about my new flock. 

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  151. You are such a wealth of info! Thanks again for all you share with us :)

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  152. thanks so much you have the great advice

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  153. amanda carpenter1/10/13, 9:00 PM

    Thanks for all of the great information!
    Amanda Carpenter
    ancarp24@yahoo.com

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  154. Always great info! You da Man, Chicken Chick!

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  155. Bullies slow production too!  Learning this now....grrrrr....

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  156. I am going to be trying sand in our coup this year! Will be doing that in march since I just put fresh shavings in like two weeks ago !

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  157. Thanks of all the great information!

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  158. Your egg pictures are so pretty!

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  159. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:24 PM

    Let me know what you think!

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  160. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:24 PM

    Thanks Julie! :)

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  161. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:24 PM

    Great point, Jenifer. I'd put that right in the 'stress' category!

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  162. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:25 PM

    LOL, Downtown! ♥

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  163. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:26 PM

    My pleasure, Ricardo. I hope it helps!

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  164. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:27 PM

    Sorry, Laurie. :(

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  165. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:27 PM

    Thanks Joely and good luck in the giveaway!

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  166. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:28 PM

    Thanks Jeff! :)

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  167. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:29 PM

    Thanks Judy. You're entered under your own name. :) Good luck!

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  168. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  169. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:31 PM

    Thanks for joining me, Kayla!

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  170. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:32 PM

    Ooooh! SO exciting, Barbara!!

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  171. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:32 PM

    Congratulations Whittni!!

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  172. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:32 PM

    Thanks Amanda! Happy to have you here. :)

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  173. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:33 PM

    Thanks Angel and good luck in the giveaway!

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  174. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:33 PM

    I'm sorry to hear it, Patricia. :(

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  175. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:34 PM

    Thanks Julie, I hope it helps!

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  176. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:36 PM

    Thanks Victoria!

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  177. Always the most important read of my day - your articles and comments! My chickens enjoy the fruits of your labor.... Kat Kephart@yahoo.com

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  178. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:37 PM

    That's really nice, Crystal. ♥

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  179. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:37 PM

    Thank you, Kat. ♥

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  180. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:38 PM

    Thanks Deborah!

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  181. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:39 PM

    Thanks Joni!

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  182. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:39 PM

    Thanks Mike and good luck in the giveaway!

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  183. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:40 PM

    I DO, Megan! Visit Jen Louden at http://www.LoudenFarms.net That's where I got my original Black Copper Marans.

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  184. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:40 PM

    You and me both, Tabitha! :)

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  185. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:41 PM

    How awful, Glenda. So sorry to hear it. :(

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  186. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:41 PM

    Thanks Suzi. ♥

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  187. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:41 PM

    My pleasure, Peggy. Thanks for being with me! :)

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  188. I'm excited about joining your blog. We have backyard chickens in the city and I am always looking for more information.

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  189. I love the posts, but you also have quite a gift with the photography!  Good stuff...

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  190. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:56 PM

    Thanks so much, Erin. I appreciate that. ♥

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  191. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 9:56 PM

    Thanks so much for joining me, Donna, it's nice to have you here!

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