Xtra Egg pellets should be fed ad lib from point of lay (about 18 to 22 weeks of age) along with cool, clean fresh water. Hens will enjoy eating fresh household food scraps, grass and lawn clippings but it may be necessary to restrict access to these in order to prevent nutritional imbalances. Access to green grass which contains natural colouring pigments will further enhance egg yolk colour and produce a rich and attractive yolk.
Hens should be kept in a clean, dry, draught free hen house, preferably with an outside run. Due to a hens preference to roost at night, it is recommended that the hen house be fitted with perches.
Check hens regularly for parasites such as lice or mites and if detected treat accordingly.
Laying hens have a natural response to day length which affects the number of eggs laid. During autumn and early winter, when the days are getting shorter, hens will tend to lay less eggs or may stop laying altogether. By lighting the hen house to create a constant “day length” of about 16 hours it is possible to prevent this.