New poster here. We quite recently bought 3 chickens, 2 months or so ago. They were around 24 weeks old when we got them. We are novice chicken owners.
Since then the chickens have laid around 6 eggs between them. They have a chicken coop and a homemade large run that has been attached to their coop. They have pellets, corn, oyster shells, chicken grit and boredom busters. They have grass and plants etc to nibble on and have treats like crackers etc.
Is there anything more we can do to encourage them to lay? The eggs they have done so far have been small but fine and intact.
They are from the same herd and get on well, have shelter from the weather, have a nesting box full of straw.
I would appreciate and take on board any advice offered.
Hello. Are they moulting? This can make them go off their lay. If they have a choice, mine would eat corn and scraps rather than layers pellets, and again the egg production would be significantly reduced. The layers pellets contain everything they need to lay. Egg production can be a bit sporadic when they are young and getting used to a new situation anyway. Hope this helps Hope this helps.
Thanks, I will just give them pellets and see how they get on. I am not worried in an egg sense (they are more like pets, we don't even eat that many eggs!) I am just worried they are not healthy/happy if they aren't laying.
I am pretty sure they aren't eating the eggs, we check several times a day and there are no signs of shell/broken eggs.