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Problems with layers

chinakachinaka Junior Member
edited January 2007 in Poultry Health and Welfare
I am managing a stock of 300 laying birds of about 7months of egg production suddenly the following problems arose:
1 A good number started roosting onthe eggs andproduction rate dropped.
2 The incidence of pecking increased leading deaths from canniballism
Sir what are the likely causes of these problems. Please proffer solution to this threat.
Thanks Chinaka

Comments

  • b_gelbachb_gelbach Junior Member
    edited January 2007
    Have you had your feed tested? The birds might be missing something in their diet.
  • SandySandy Senior Member
    edited January 2007
    chinaka wrote:
    I am managing a stock of 300 laying birds of about 7months of egg production suddenly the following problems arose:
    1 A good number started roosting onthe eggs andproduction rate dropped.

    They have gone broody... the heating must have gone up and they now want to hatch eggs... this will cause a lot of agrivation as the other hens will still want to lay eggs in the nest boxes..but the broody hens won't let them.. so your egg production will drop dramatically

    the only thing you can do is find the broody hens and isoate them into a coop area with NO NESTS, feed them good quality food and clean water daily... they must be kept isolated from the main coop and nest boxes for at least 10 days... when you put them back in they go straight to the nest boxes again.. then remove them back to the isolation area... for another 5 days

    Make sure they have room to move about and not be in each others face or you will have more cannibalism happening..

    You must remove them NOW TO STOP THE CANNIBALISM.. or you will have even the layers being cannibalistic .. once they start they are very hard to stop... so act QUICKLY
    2 The incidence of pecking increased leading deaths from canniballism
    Sir what are the likely causes of these problems. Please proffer solution to this threat.
    Thanks Chinaka

    The area they are living is is probably not large enough for them...
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