Egg production: Why won’t some of my chickens lay eggs?

Question: We are doing everything by the book, but half our chickens aren’t laying eggs. What could the reason be? I assume you’re referring to commercial layers. If so, you need to check the following: The age of the hens. Egg production starts dropping after about 45 weeks, and by…

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Plans progress to import fertilised eggs to SA

The South African government and poultry industry have set up a protocol for the import of fertilised broiler chicken hatching eggs, which will now be negotiated with trade partners. The import of the eggs can alleviate the supply shortage caused by the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus. The Department…

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Poultry production: Why do chickens eat their own eggs?

Question: I farm my favourite breed, Buff Orpington chickens. Lately, however, they’ve started eating their eggs. They are fed every morning and afternoon and they also get a lot of greens and snails from the garden… and also a lot of love. Can you suggest a cure? Hens generally eat…

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