Category Archives: Laying Hens

Chicken Nesting Box Dimensions

Chicken Nesting Boxes Picture

Chicken Nesting Boxes

When you keep chickens for laying eggs, it is vital to have nesting boxes for your laying hens and even more important to have the right chicken nesting box dimensions. Nesting boxes enhance egg production and prevent hens from hiding eggs around your yard.

Winter egg producers- top 3 winter laying hens

Winter egg producers

The winter is a challenging time for chicken keepers who are raising laying hens. The natural cycle of a hen’s laying season is such that they are at their most productive when the days are longer and slow down production when the days have grown shorter. However, there are some breeds of winter egg producers that are cold hardy and continue to produce eggs  even throughout the winter. The top three winter egg producers are the Orpington, Plymouth Barred Rock and the Rhode Island Red.

Chicken Feed and Nutrition

Chicken Feed and Nutrition

Chicken feed and nutrition has evolved to become a science. As raising chickens commercially for meat and eggs have become the norm, feeds have been developed to give optimum nutrition to growing birds and depending on the purpose which they have been developed for. Like people, chickens need carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals and water to grow and develop optimal chicken health.

Egg bound laying hens

Egg Bound Laying Hens

How to identify an egg bound laying hens, how to treat an egg bound laying hens, and how nutrition affects the condition
Egg binding is a condition wherein your hen will not be able to pass the egg she has in her oviduct for one reason or another. This is a serious disorder that commonly affects young hens who are laying eggs for the first time although it can affect any hen at any age.

Feather Loss in Laying Hens

Feather Loss in Laying Hens

Feather loss in laying hens, is it normal, and potential problems.
Feathers on chickens serve a variety of purposes. They regulate temperature, facilitate courting and mating between sexes and of course, for flight. They can also serve as protection, such as when it is used for camouflage in the wild to protect them against predators. Feathers are often the first sign of potential chicken health problems.

How Many Eggs Per Chicken Does a Laying Hen Produce?

How Many Eggs Per Chicken Does a Laying Hen Produce?

First of all, a laying hen will lay eggs with or without a rooster around. In fact, hens reared in large chicken farms are not fortunate enough to be given the chance. Roosters, you see, are only needed if you want to fertilize the egg so they hatch into cute little chicks that you might want to raise. Farmers that breed  chickens for meat keep roosters so they can grow table chickens. But if you are only keeping laying hens for eggs , you don’t need a rooster.

What to Do with Extra Eggs

What to Do with Extra Eggs

If you’re a chicken lover, you’ll no doubt agree that raising chickens is a blessing. The mere sight of them scratching for bugs and grains in your backyard is relaxing enough. But when you start collecting the eggs they lay, you know you’ve hit the gold mine. Nothing is tastier for breakfast than omelets made from farm-fresh eggs freshly-harvested from your nesting boxes.
But there is such a thing as having too many eggs.

Chickens in Winter

Chickens in Winter Picture

Chickens in Winter                                                                                      

When you are keeping egg laying hens, one of the main concerns is the laying season. Starting from 6 months, most hens will be ready to lay, depending on the breed. A laying hen is capable of laying one egg a day. Daylight stimulates ovulation so the pituitary gland can induce the ovaries to lay eggs. So the longer the days are, the more ovulation occurs and egg production is at its peak. When the days grow shorter, ovulation is not as frequent and egg production also decreases.