pal lane wrote:I never waste a broody hen... I can always buy fertile eggs somewhere if I don't have my own, and why feed them if they're not doing something productive? You might have access to eggs from a variety of breeds, and do a mixed batch.
Jay Green wrote:It's the time of the year for a little slow down, especially if you are experiencing high temps.
My birds slowed down during the hottest part of July but are starting to pick up a little, though they are molting pretty steadily now. My mature hens are 6 yrs old and 4 yrs old and, out of 8 hens, I'm getting 3-4 eggs only...and two of those are from two of the 6 yr old gals. One of my hens is just off a brood nest and mothering some birds, so she won't be laying just yet. So..that leaves only 3-4 eggs out of 7 girls, even though they are pretty ancient in chicken years to be laying that steadily in a summer slowdown time. Normally I'm getting 5-6 eggs from 8 old girls.
Will be culling some oldsters before fall....