How to Get Your Chickens to Lay More Eggs

If you own chickens, you will agree with me when I say that you can have fresh, high quality eggs almost at will. I like to call them containers full of goodness. It’s needless to say that few foods contain the kind of nutrients that eggs have.

If you know how to raise chickens, they will lay eggs, irrespective of whether they are fertilized or not. Producing eggs happens naturally in a chicken’s body. However, there are external factors that can reduce their ability to produce eggs. The good thing is there are a few things you can do to increase the amount of eggs your chickens lay.

Here’s how to get your chickens to lay more eggs:

1. Have comfortable nesting boxes… Provide your chickens with nesting boxes and make them as comfortable as you can. Fill them with hay and have a depression at the center of the box to make the chickens feel comfortable when sitting on them. If your chickens feel that they’re in a safe place it goes without saying that they will produce more eggs.

2. Provide warmth… Have a few heat lamps placed around the nesting boxes. Ensure that they’re turned on low heat. Also, make certain that the boxes are warm so as to entice the hens to lay eggs. However, providing warmth may only be necessary during the cold months.

3. Have fluorescent lights in place… Making your flock lay many eggs mean getting creative. Attach fluorescent lights to timers and set them to turn off and on for twelve hours at a time. Have them on during the normal daylight hours and keep them on the power off mode during the night.

Place them so that they can distribute the light evenly in the coop. Indeed, you will have replicated day and night and this will create an environment that will allow your chickens to consistently lay eggs. This tip is especially workable during the cold winter months when it’s darker.

4. Collect eggs routinely… Make sure that you collect eggs for the coop every morning and make it a routine. Leaving the eggs to stay for long periods of time in the nesting boxes may make the chickens want to hatch them, even when they’re infertile. This is a process known as brooding, which makes the chicken stop laying eggs.

5. Be patient with the chickens… The quest on how to raise chickens also calls for some patience. Maybe the reason that your chickens are laying few eggs is because they are not at their prime age. Allow the chickens to be at least sixteen to twenty-six weeks before you can realistically expect them to start laying eggs. As a matter of fact they may start laying the eggs a little bit later, but you’d be disappointed if you expect them to start laying many eggs before they’re sixteen weeks old.

6. Feed the chickens well… If you feed your chickens on cheap, usually low quality food, it may lead to a dismal or complete non-existent egg production. Do you want your chickens to produce more eggs? Feed them right. Research has shown that corn, starchy feeds and oils can lead to a reduced egg production rate. Knowing how to raise chickens means that you give the foods which will supply them with all the needed nutrients this not only ensures they stay healthy, but increases productivity as well. Once in a while, feed your chickens some crushed oyster shells to increase calcium intake, which is very crucial in egg development.

7. Give them a lot of water… You may not know it, but chickens require a consistent supply of water to remain healthy and productive. Check water levels at least twice every day and be sure to replace the water in case it’s dirty.

Fast Food and Obesity Are Conquering the World

Fast food is taking the world by storm, and so is obesity. It is sad that most people don’t see the relationship between them. Eliminating fast food was one of the main ways I cured my obesity. I lost 60 pounds in 6 months by eliminating restaurant food, junk food, and MSG.

Why Does Fast Food Cause Obesity?

1) Fast food contains large amounts of added sugar making the calorie count very high. Sugar makes food taste good, so they add tons of it to everything. Value meals can top 2,000 calories. This is more calories than some people should consume in a day. I remember days when I would grab a value meal for lunch, and my wife would bring one home for dinner because she didn’t feel like cooking.

2) Fast food contains obesity-causing additives like monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG also makes food taste good. Fast food restaurants, and almost all other restaurants, use lots of MSG. It is their “secret recipe.” MSG causes hunger, hypothyroidism, hyperinsulinemia, and food addiction. MSG directly causes obesity.

3) Fast food is processed beyond recognition and devoid of nutrition. If people really knew the origins of their favorite meals, they might think twice about eating them. They use the absolute worst quality cuts of meat and ingredients. These cheap meats often come from animals who were near death anyway.

Old egg laying hens that can’t lay eggs any more are used for chicken nuggets by some restaurants. These are chickens from egg batteries who were fed disgusting diets of recycled feces, grains, antibiotics, and hormones to increase egg production. Chickens in egg batteries live in a very small cage so that the eggs they lay roll onto a conveyor belt. These are not free range chickens. After a life of eating a completely unnatural diet, they are, stripped, ground up, boiled, artificially flavored, pressed back together, deep fried, and frozen. Before they are served to you, they are deep fried again.

The ground beef is a similar story. It is usually from the left over parts that no one else wants. It can contain organs and even testicles. It is also ground up, boiled down, artificially flavored, packed with sugar and MSG, frozen and shipped.

Even the salads and grilled chicken are pretty bad. To make these bad pieces of chicken palatable, they are usually pressure cooked with MSG, sugar, and artificial flavors. Salad dressings always contain MSG. Light, low calorie, and low fat dressings usually contain extra MSG to make up for the lack of flavor.

Fast Food and Obesity are Spreading Around the World

Obesity problems are just one step behind American food. During my travels to Asia, I noticed more and more overweight and obese people. Child obesity is a growing problem too. I purposely paid attention while driving by, and noticed many overweight people eating at American restaurants.

The people I worked with noticed that I was losing weight. When they asked me how I was doing it, I told them I quit eating American food. That usually got a surprised reaction. The overweight Asians I worked with all talked to me at one point or another. I quizzed them about their diets, and they all admitted to eating fast food and junk food.

The relationship between fast food and obesity is impossible to ignore. I have completely sworn off fast food for the rest of my life.

Best Laying Chickens

Are you looking for the best egg producing chicken breed for your backyard chickens? While every hen lays eggs, not all breeds are as productive as others. If you’re hoping to have eggs every day from your hens, you’ll want to make sure you have the right breed.

White Leghorn
This breed is one of the world’s most popular chickens. This breed lays about 300 eggs per year. Leghorns can begin laying at 4-5 months of age as they mature early.

The Leghorn’s eggs are large and slightly off-white in color. These chickens do not make good pets, however, as they are nervous around people.

Hatching and breeding Leghorns isn’t easy, as although they are good layers, they are not good brooders.

These are warm weather hens, Leghorns can easily get frostbite in their combs in winter.

Rhode Island Red
These are one of the best laying chickens for brown eggs, but they are aggressive (especially the roosters).

Prone to frostbite in their combs, this breed is hardy in hot or cold climates and does well in confinement.

This breed is usually laying by five to six months of age and are productive producers of medium brown eggs.

Red Star and Black Star Sex linked
The Red and Black Star has earned the title of best laying chickens, being prolific layers of large, brown eggs. They are docile and make very good pets that do well with children.

The breed’s conversion rate of food intake to eggs is excellent, and they usually continue laying through the cold winter months, when a lot of other breeds don’t. When raised from chicks, you can expect to see the first eggs when they are about four and a half months old. By six months old they will be producing eggs every day.

The breed gets its name because of its breed-specific gene that causes chicks to have different colors, making it easy to separate females from males. This trait, however, makes it easy to avoid buying unwanted roosters.

This breed is a good choice for small egg sellers and family projects.

Roosters or No Roosters?
For a purely egg producing production, there is no need to keep roosters. For egg fertility, however, you will obviously need roosters. Hatching baby chicks can increase your flock size or allow for broilers, but there is no reason to house a rooster if you do not plan to do this.

Productivity Limits of Hens
Most hens will produce eggs for about three to four years. Hens will usually start to decline in egg production at about 3 years of age. Older chickens can be slaughtered as food.

Some may prefer to make friends with their hens and put the older ones out to pasture instead. It’s up to you.