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Egg Layers FAQ
Our egg layers are not producing very many eggs now that it is winter. How do I keep the production up over the winter months? Do I need to give them oyster shells for calcium? Should I be mixing their layer mash with cracked corn?
Here are some of my thoughts on egg production.
1. Egg layers need at least 12 hours of light. Make sure your light is coming on early in the morning, probably around 4 a.m. We have ours set up with a automatic timer.
2. Make sure they have lots of fresh, clean unfrozen water daily. If the water is freezing, get a water base that has an element on the bottom. (We have a nice one from McMurray catalog.)
3. They don't need cracked corn. We use it to stretch the feed costs out since layer mash is more expensive.
4. Watch for egg eaters. You can tell if they have yolk on their beaks or foreheads. Also watch if the eggs you are bringing in have yolk on them.
5. Are there rats in the coop eating the eggs? You may need to set traps up in the rafters of the coop.
6. Oyster shells are to make their shells nice and strong. It won't help production. You can spread oyster shells on the coop floor, not much, just a little.
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