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Old 05-30-2018, 07:41 AM
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In these parts, southern Ontario our birds are not producing eggs like they should be come spring, we are easily down to about a 1/4, 1/5th what it should be. - how are you bird's egg production numbers?
If they are low what do you contribute this to?
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How old are your Hens? They have a maximum productive life span of only a few years. All birds do for that matter. Your production will start to drop after the first three years and progress to very poor by about 5 years of age. The production drops off with age and the breeding stock has to be refreshed with young Hens. Other than that they are photo sensitive and will not lay in short light hour days. Perhaps a force molt might bring them back one time but in the end they get old and need to be stew.
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The pen raised birds are not producing or the wild birds? In the Southeaster US quail have had major problems in the wild. Pesticides made the eggs shells brittle. Changing agricultural practices changed habitat for the worst. Predators are also a problem. Remember when hawks were endangered? Now they are like song birds. They are everywhere. I would look at these factors for your pheasant population. Pesticides are easily controlled. Habitat and predator control are not as easy to get everyone on board with.
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I assumed he was pen raising...
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How old are your Hens? They have a maximum productive life span of only a few years. All birds do for that matter. Your production will start to drop after the first three years and progress to very poor by about 5 years of age. The production drops off with age and the breeding stock has to be refreshed with young Hens. Other than that they are photo sensitive and will not lay in short light hour days. Perhaps a force molt might bring them back one time but in the end they get old and need to be stew.
Most are 2 -3 year olds, the 4 & 5's go to the table.
The cocks are just pounding the hens, but very few eggs. Right now egg production should be close to prime as it gets.
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Cocks breeding them does not increase egg production. In fact too large a male to female ratio in confined quarters can reduce production. The Male only needs to breed the hen about every 10 days to assure fertility. You might consider separating them for periods of time. At 2-3 they are indeed peaking and perhaps heading down the production bell curve. And how much inbreeding are you experiencing? Have you introduced outside stock occasionally? Things like that to consider... Including the weather. Unusually hot climate can shut down production.
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The US is raising peasants.
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see some really BIG roosters fishing the Detroit river this spring along the shoreline downtown and on the Queen's side. Those are some warriors. Running round cackling looking for some love.
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Cocks breeding them does not increase egg production. In fact too large a male to female ratio in confined quarters can reduce production. The Male only needs to breed the hen about every 10 days to assure fertility. You might consider separating them for periods of time. At 2-3 they are indeed peaking and perhaps heading down the production bell curve. And how much inbreeding are you experiencing? Have you introduced outside stock occasionally? Things like that to consider... Including the weather. Unusually hot climate can shut down production.
Inbreeding shouldn't be a problem, I know two other breeders and I know they know a couple of other breeders and those guys seem to know a few so our stock gets changed up pretty good....we all help each other out.
Well temperature has certainly been kicking ass lately, today reached 104° F.
My pen size hasn't changed in years ..... right now I've got eight hens and one cock.....he's a fk"n champ that guy is hahahaahah. sometimes I wonder how he keeps going.
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Might just be the temperature then. Not much you can do about that. That kind of heat will turn the birds off and drive the production down.
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Yeah these temperatures are definitely not our norm......this time of year should be 50 - 60ish, not the 90 - 100° temps we've been getting.
A friend up the road from me raises European quail , his birds have not slowed down on producing eggs.
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