experience for any chicken owner. It’s important to first identify the cause of the issue before trying to fix it. Poor quality chicken feed is often blamed for hens not laying eggs, but there are several other factors that could be at play. Here are 6 things to check before assuming bad chicken feed is the culprit.
First, look at the age of your chickens. Chickens typically start laying eggs at around 18-20 weeks old, so if your chickens are younger than that, they may just need more time. Additionally, hens will stop laying eggs during the winter months due to shorter days and colder temperatures.
Second, make sure your chickens have access to plenty of fresh water and a balanced diet. A balanced diet should include a mix of protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals. If your chickens are not getting enough of these nutrients, they may not lay eggs.
Third, check the nesting boxes in your coop. If the nesting boxes are too small or too crowded, your hens may not feel comfortable laying eggs in them. Additionally, make sure the nesting boxes are kept clean and free of debris.
Fourth, examine the amount of light your chickens are getting each day. Chickens need 14-16 hours of light per day in order to lay eggs. If they are not getting enough light, they may not lay eggs.
Fifth, consider the stress levels of your chickens. If your chickens are stressed due to overcrowding or other factors, they may not lay eggs. Make sure your chickens have enough space and are not being disturbed by predators or other animals.
Finally, look at the quality of the chicken feed you are providing. Poor quality feed can lead to nutritional deficiencies in your chickens, which can lead to them not laying eggs. Make sure you are providing a high-quality feed that is specifically designed for laying hens.
By checking these 6 things first, you can eliminate other potential causes of your hens not laying eggs and determine if bad chicken feed is truly the culprit.