We’ve learned another lesson the hard way: You can’t go cheap on the chicken feed… At least not if you want to get eggs!
We switched up the laying mash for a cheaper corn feed and couldn’t understand why all of a sudden we weren’t getting any more eggs! We finally figured out the connection. But instead of feeding them straight laying mash again, which is about $5 more expensive per bag, we’ve decided to mix the laying and corn feed half and half.
(Baby Xia helping me feed the chickens)
HOPEFULLY they will start laying again soon!
In the meantime, we got 3 more chickens from my parents in law. (Gotta love free hens!) And one is a Rhode Island Red, which I’ve really been wanting to get. I’d love to have a bunch of them running around!
Here she is, Big Mama. She gives beautiful large brown eggs. I’m so glad to have her! She has been laying every other day so far. And one of the white chickens finally laid her first egg the other day. Hopefully things will start rolling again in the egg department!
So now our chicken count is up to 13 (we just lost one to a hawk a couple of days ago). 2 are Roosters, the rest are Hens.
(Jada and Dirty Wilson)
We’ve decided to let the Roosters completely free range and fend for themselves. They have plenty of feed to peck off the ground underneath the hens coops though. This way they won’t be eating all of the expensive laying mash that won’t do them any good anyways.
I’d love to build a run to let them all free range. Just another one of the hundreds of projects to do around here! Eventually we’ll get one built.
Anyone have any advice on what to feed the hens to get them laying better?