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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:00 pm 
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I have built this mobile run and I am put one hen at a time for 4 days to find out which hen is haying, and yesterday I put 1 hen in there and I got 2 eggs, I put I zip tie on there leg when I know she lays, I have 9 hens to do, and I am on hen 2 at the moment.,


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Thats a great idea, twitch! I have had the occasional hen lay two eggs in a day every now and then.

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 Post subject: Re: sorting out layers
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I have he when people have them in sheds with lights on.


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the ones that are stop laying, I heard to knock them over the head.

what is the best way to do this without being to messy


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It is currently a bad time of year to determine if hens have stopped laying permanently as a large number have temporarily stopped laying as the days have become shorter and some are moulting which prevents laying.


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twitch, if it is the older girls which have stopped laying - commercials such as ISA brown over 2 years, and others over 3 years you could despatch them as no longer being economical to keep. Any thing younger, as Kirane said, is probably just taking a well earned break.
My preferred method is a very sharp tomahawk. Hold them by the legs with their head on a log (legs up higher than head). Wait till they stop flapping, then one quick, accurate chop to the back of their neck - off with their head and straight into an old feed bag. Be aware that they will continue to flap and struggle, even after they are dead - this is a muscle response, they are brain dead and not aware of what their body is doing.
Don't try this if you are not confident with your aim - you need to be quick and accurate and need to keep your own body parts intact.
There are other methods, including a special killing cone which you can buy. These are apparently very good - quick and easy to use, with no blood.


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look what I found

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ii0FEwQRc8


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 Post subject: Re: sorting out layers
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made one and set it up


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 Post subject: Re: sorting out layers
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I had a red in the mobile run for about 10 days and she finally laid an egg. I was going to ring its neck on the weekend, but know she laid an egg, I might not.

the reds are 2.5 years old.

I have 15 hens layers and since the 15/3/17 I have a drop of eggs I only get 3 eggs a day, I use to get 6 or 7

and I have been working hard to figure out why I have a drop of eggs.


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twitch, all female animals - including chooks, start life with a set number of potential eggs/babies already in their system. The commercial hybrids (like your Reds) were developed to lay hard and fast for the first couple of years and then their production slows down as they begin to run out of 'ova' (eggs waiting to develop). Some may begin to develop early ageing health problems.
Pure breeds and most back yard cross breeds lay at a slower rate, so less eggs per year, but more years of laying.
Most chooks will also slow right down as the days get shorter from mid Autumn thru Winter. This is when they moult and their body rests and regenerates for the next laying season, so the best time to test their individual productivity is mid Spring.
At some stage you have to consider if they are cost effective to keep.


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hi sue,

thank you for the info,

I have been thinking, about the reds, that if they don't lay it maybe a waste of money feeding them.

and they become dinner for myself


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 Post subject: Re: sorting out layers
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I am only getting 2 - 3 eggs a day out of 13 hens, not every good


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It is not the time of year for many eggs. Chooks slow down laying over winter and unless they are just coming into lay there are few breeds that lay all through winter. It is a fact of life that eggs are hard to come by over winter!

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