It's been a month since we brought home our 60+ Amber hens. They layed a lot of eggs the first several days (about 40 eggs per day or so), then stopped. Completely stopped. I'm now lucky to get 1 egg per day.
I've been told & read that this is normal, that the trauma caused by the move can cause them to stop laying for a time (and 3 very excited, energetic boys chasing them around for a couple of weeks probably didn't help!).
They weren't eating a lot the first couple of weeks, and now it's like they're starving. The 60 hens are eating me out of house & home. They're going through about 1/2 a bag of feed a day (about 20 pounds of feed). So, combining the hens & baby chicks, I'm going through about $10 in feed per day and getting nothing... nothing... nothing... in return.
For the record, I can feed my family of 5 humans for less per day than I'm spending on chicken food! Plus the chickens are getting all of our kitchen scraps, and are outdoors to scratch for bugs & grass all day long. My goodness!
Trying to be patient here, but really this is difficult. I'm hoping they start to lay soon! I have friends who know how to butcher them, and I'm hoping I don't have to call them because the chickens have spent all of our money on their food.
Send some egg-inducement thoughts our way - Wishful Acres needs some eggs soon!!!
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