NO EGGS,,,ROOSTER NOT DOING HIS DUTY 
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 NO EGGS,,,ROOSTER NOT DOING HIS DUTY
Hi all,,,,maybe some one can help..about a month ago our chicks finally
got big enough that we put them in with our exsisting flock of 1 rooster
and 5what was good everyday laying hens,,,,hummmmm,,,almost immedately
our egg production went from 4-5 daily to 1 egg every now and
then,,,maybe 4 eggs all month. Two of the old hens seem to stay on their
nest almost all the time with only the decoy eggs in them. Of course we
are in Texas and its been 90-95 degrees and dry,,,,,any advice y'all? We
have not changed anything else that we can thnk of except having placed
the 24 young chicks in with them,,,also 4 young turkeys about 2 and a
half months old were put with them. One other thing I have
noticed,,,,The Rooster who before was a 20 time a day{*filter*} seems to
never be seen doing is duty,,,does this have anything to do with all of
it,,,,,Thanks,,,Dan


Sun, 07 Dec 2003 23:12:51 GMT
 NO EGGS,,,ROOSTER NOT DOING HIS DUTY
Hello

First, the "rooster" has nothing to do with this...It's not his duty to lay the
eggs. The only part in the puzzle he has is that if he "does his job" with them
too often, it can cause them to lay less eggs.

You have had a few changes from the sound of it. One, you introduced new
pullets. This can start a pecking order going that can cause a drop in
production.

The hens who are on the nest all the time will not lay. They are "broody" and
broody hens don't lay.

It sounds as if the weather has changed to hotter weather. Have you been having
any other changes? I know that many parts of Texas got lots of rain. Rain or
fluctuations in the weather could have caused more problems.

Have you dewormed your flock lately? Checked for lice? Parasites are a big
reason that hens stop laying and roosters stop breeding the hens.

Any changes in feeding schedules or type/amount of feed? This can cause a
problem also with the number of eggs laid.

If you sit out there and watch them, how are they acting? Is everyone bright
and happy? Eating and drinking? Is anyone seeming to be "a little off" or
picked on by the others? Are they losing more feathers than the occasional one
or two? It's possible that your older hens are trying to molt, how old are
they?

Lots of questions, I know..sorry about that, but with more information, this
might help myself or someone else to figure out the problem!
Angela

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Mon, 08 Dec 2003 04:17:35 GMT
 NO EGGS,,,ROOSTER NOT DOING HIS DUTY
Hi, Dan,

You've got some unusual developments going on there. Seems like there may be
several possibilities. For one thing, the rooster's performance actually
doesn't affect egg production - just whether or not the eggs will be
fertile.

One possibility is that maybe your two best layers have gone broody, in
which case they will stop laying until they get over it.

Another is the hot weather. They will need some pretty thick shade with a
lot of ventilation to maintain production when it's that hot. Also plenty of
cool water. Just a general information note here for everyone: Birds do not
sweat. When they become overheated the only ways they can try to get rid of
the excess heat is through air movement, drinking a lot more water, and by
panting (holding the mouth wide open and breathing rapidly). Also, when they
are hot they will naturally reduce their cooking.net">food intake which can mean that
they are not eating enough to produce eggs.

I would try placing a thermometer in the area where the spend the most of
the day and AT their level. If it's much over 85F, they need a lot of moving
air. You could use a fan if it's practical.

Jerry


Quote:
> Hi all,,,,maybe some one can help..about a month ago our chicks finally
> got big enough that we put them in with our exsisting flock of 1 rooster
> and 5what was good everyday laying hens,,,,hummmmm,,,almost immedately
> our egg production went from 4-5 daily to 1 egg every now and
> then,,,maybe 4 eggs all month. Two of the old hens seem to stay on their
> nest almost all the time with only the decoy eggs in them. Of course we
> are in Texas and its been 90-95 degrees and dry,,,,,any advice y'all? We
> have not changed anything else that we can thnk of except having placed
> the 24 young chicks in with them,,,also 4 young turkeys about 2 and a
> half months old were put with them. One other thing I have
> noticed,,,,The Rooster who before was a 20 time a day{*filter*} seems to
> never be seen doing is duty,,,does this have anything to do with all of
> it,,,,,Thanks,,,Dan



Mon, 08 Dec 2003 03:19:57 GMT
 NO EGGS,,,ROOSTER NOT DOING HIS DUTY
Well, if it's one thing I know about, it's HEAT.
It's been 110 and over a lot here for over a month.
I went to Home depot and bought the parts for a simple mist system and a
timer.  Arranged it with the nozzles placed one in each pen, with a second
hand box fan underneath, to blow the coolness about.  Top this with a big
tarp on a frame, and you have a "chicken grotto".  They do spend a lot of
their time under there, and seem to finally realize that it's cooler there.
The fans are also on timers.
I hate watching them suffer in the heat, standing there with their wings
out, panting like crazy.
Oh, I also make big blocks of ice in margarine containers with vits and
electrolytes in them, and baking soda to counteract the acidosis brought on
by the panting. I learned this from Martine, who posts here when she's not
insanely busy.  Seems to help them.  When I am home, they get ice in their
waterers 2 x day.  Otehrwise, in the a.m. before I go to work.
Yes, there are people in my area who don't go to this trouble, but I am a
sucker and feel that I took on their lives as my responsibility, so I have
to go the extra mile when the heat comes.  And heat it is!

--
Roz
Phx, AZ

Quote:
> Hi all,,,,maybe some one can help..about a month ago our chicks finally
> got big enough that we put them in with our exsisting flock of 1 rooster
> and 5what was good everyday laying hens,,,,hummmmm,,,almost immedately
> our egg production went from 4-5 daily to 1 egg every now and
> then,,,maybe 4 eggs all month. Two of the old hens seem to stay on their
> nest almost all the time with only the decoy eggs in them. Of course we
> are in Texas and its been 90-95 degrees and dry,,,,,any advice y'all? We
> have not changed anything else that we can thnk of except having placed
> the 24 young chicks in with them,,,also 4 young turkeys about 2 and a
> half months old were put with them. One other thing I have
> noticed,,,,The Rooster who before was a 20 time a day{*filter*} seems to
> never be seen doing is duty,,,does this have anything to do with all of
> it,,,,,Thanks,,,Dan



Tue, 09 Dec 2003 02:58:44 GMT
 NO EGGS,,,ROOSTER NOT DOING HIS DUTY
That's so motherly of you to do for your chickens. I try to go to any
length that I would for myself in the same conditions. As animal owners
it's our duty....right? My friends think that I'm nuts to have a baby
monitor in the coop....I like to hear them coo.

I never met an animal I didn't like but I only like some people... ~
Melody


Quote:
> Well, if it's one thing I know about, it's HEAT.
> It's been 110 and over a lot here for over a month.
> I went to Home depot and bought the parts for a simple mist system and
a
> timer.  Arranged it with the nozzles placed one in each pen, with a
second
> hand box fan underneath, to blow the coolness about.  Top this with a
big
> tarp on a frame, and you have a "chicken grotto".  They do spend a lot
of
> their time under there, and seem to finally realize that it's cooler
there.
> The fans are also on timers.
> I hate watching them suffer in the heat, standing there with their
wings
> out, panting like crazy.
> Oh, I also make big blocks of ice in margarine containers with vits
and
> electrolytes in them, and baking soda to counteract the acidosis
brought on
> by the panting. I learned this from Martine, who posts here when she's
not
> insanely busy.  Seems to help them.  When I am home, they get ice in
their
> waterers 2 x day.  Otehrwise, in the a.m. before I go to work.
> Yes, there are people in my area who don't go to this trouble, but I
am a
> sucker and feel that I took on their lives as my responsibility, so I
have
> to go the extra mile when the heat comes.  And heat it is!

> --
> Roz
> Phx, AZ


> > Hi all,,,,maybe some one can help..about a month ago our chicks
finally
> > got big enough that we put them in with our exsisting flock of 1
rooster
> > and 5what was good everyday laying hens,,,,hummmmm,,,almost
immedately
> > our egg production went from 4-5 daily to 1 egg every now and
> > then,,,maybe 4 eggs all month. Two of the old hens seem to stay on
their
> > nest almost all the time with only the decoy eggs in them. Of course
we
> > are in Texas and its been 90-95 degrees and dry,,,,,any advice
y'all? We
> > have not changed anything else that we can thnk of except having
placed
> > the 24 young chicks in with them,,,also 4 young turkeys about 2 and
a
> > half months old were put with them. One other thing I have
> > noticed,,,,The Rooster who before was a 20 time a day{*filter*} seems to
> > never be seen doing is duty,,,does this have anything to do with all
of
> > it,,,,,Thanks,,,Dan



Tue, 09 Dec 2003 07:20:10 GMT
 NO EGGS,,,ROOSTER NOT DOING HIS DUTY
Forgot to mention this -

Put up a frame made from 2x4s.  Nail chicken wire or hardware cloth to
one side, and put a s{*filter*}of paneling or plywood across the top, on the
other side of the frame.  This will give you a gap between the wood and
the wire.  

Now, aim a hose, on mist, at the frame.  The water will bounce off the
board and go back onto the wires, where it will drip down and evaporate
as the air passes over it.  

Yes, folks, one each handy-dandy evaporative cooler for the henhouse!
My birds love theirs.  I run it about 15 mins out of every hour when
it's hot.  It lowers the temp noticably.



Wed, 10 Dec 2003 10:18:01 GMT
 NO EGGS,,,ROOSTER NOT DOING HIS DUTY
No rooster in his right mind is going to go after a broody hen.  

Dont worry, about 2 months after the broodiness ends, they'll molt!  And
you'll get no eggs again.  



Wed, 10 Dec 2003 10:13:51 GMT
 NO EGGS,,,ROOSTER NOT DOING HIS DUTY
Dan:

If hens are setting on a nest of golf balls all day they have gone broody.
Hens do not lay eggs when they are setting even if they are setting on golf
balls.  It's a biological cycle.  Some hens are less broody than others.
"Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not
himself find peace."
--Albert Schweitzer



Thu, 11 Dec 2003 05:06:43 GMT
 NO EGGS,,,ROOSTER NOT DOING HIS DUTY
Well, my {*filter*}-age roosters have gone after a broody hen.  You know the
stage when the hormones strike, they don't know anything!  A hen is a
hen!  Your description fits perfectly though, they're definitely not in
their right minds!  They're nuts.
Eileen
Quote:

> No rooster in his right mind is going to go after a broody hen.

> Dont worry, about 2 months after the broodiness ends, they'll molt!  And
> you'll get no eggs again.



Sat, 13 Dec 2003 00:40:43 GMT
 
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