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Livestock => Poultry & Waterfowl => Topic started by: clairea77 on June 10, 2019, 01:39:42 pm

Title: Stopping chickens laying
Post by: clairea77 on June 10, 2019, 01:39:42 pm
I have four very happy chickens who each produce an egg every day. I can only eat 12 eggs a week at most so I am having to give the rest away.

Is there any way to stop the chickens laying so frequently? I don't want to over-tax their bodies unnecessarily by producing eggs I don't need. Do I just leave the eggs in the nesting box to encourage them to get broody? Or is this cruel when the eggs will never hatch?

Any advice welcome!
Title: Re: Stopping chickens laying
Post by: Jukes Mum on June 10, 2019, 03:53:42 pm
No but you can give eggs to your neighbours. Then if you are ever away, they'll look after the chickens for you  ;D
Title: Re: Stopping chickens laying
Post by: macgro7 on June 10, 2019, 04:03:09 pm
Yes don't feed them - they won't lay.
Title: Re: Stopping chickens laying
Post by: Fleecewife on June 10, 2019, 11:54:54 pm
Yes don't feed them - they won't lay.


If they're in a pen and you don't feed them then of course they will die.  If they are free range and you don't feed them layers pellets or similar, then they will continue to lay because they will pick up plenty of protein and vitamins etc from the ground.
However, they will not lay in the autumn and early winter, so you are best to preserve your surplus eggs, by pickling or freezing, for use when you don't have enough.


Going broody is more of a strain on a hen's body than laying an egg.  She will barely eat, not drink enough, get little fresh air and exercise for 3 weeks, and will take a few more weeks to recover. Some breeds will go broody frequently, other breeds don't do it often.
Title: Re: Stopping chickens laying
Post by: Steph Hen on June 11, 2019, 08:52:17 am
There’s a happy medium between death and ad lib food. If they’re free range and you stop supplementary grain eggs will likely decrease a bit. If they’re in a pen, you can feed them less, best to give them other stuff like green veg, a big rotten tree stump, cut turfs to keep them active and pecking... eggs will tail off, but yeah, watch their behaviour, pick them up daily to feel condition and don’t let them die!
Title: Re: Stopping chickens laying
Post by: macgro7 on June 11, 2019, 10:42:34 am
Yes don't feed them - they won't lay.
I was joking by the way!
You obviously still have to feed them something.
If you want less eggs why don't you get a nice looking breed that laysbless eggs?
Ifbyoir have no one to give them to then perhapsbstart baking a lot  ;)
Title: Re: Stopping chickens laying
Post by: Fleecewife on June 11, 2019, 12:12:27 pm
Yes don't feed them - they won't lay.
I was joking by the way!
You obviously still have to feed them something.
If you want less eggs why don't you get a nice looking breed that laysbless eggs?
Ifbyoir have no one to give them to then perhapsbstart baking a lot  ;)


Yes I know you were joking macgro7   :relief: :chook:   and yes, baking is good for using up eggs if you have a waistline that will take it  :innocent:



Title: Re: Stopping chickens laying
Post by: Maysie on June 11, 2019, 04:38:57 pm
...baking is good for using up eggs if you have a waistline that will take it  :innocent:
My waistline can easily take the cake, as it expands to suit.  It is the waistband of my trousers that struggle!
Title: Re: Stopping chickens laying
Post by: macgro7 on June 11, 2019, 06:11:49 pm
Get yourself trousers with rubber band! Thats it! Sorted  :excited:
Title: Re: Stopping chickens laying
Post by: twizzel on June 11, 2019, 06:31:10 pm
My chickens will slow down laying if I add rolled barley into their feed ration. It doesn’t have as much protein so will slow down laying. But personally I keep mine on ad lib pellets and give the eggs away
Title: Re: Stopping chickens laying
Post by: macgro7 on June 11, 2019, 08:25:09 pm
I sell spare eggs - pays for the food.
As far as I know chickens can't digest barley? Wheat gives then quite good protein. I feed mine rolled oats sometimes. Especially in winter - keeps then warm and is cheaper.