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My chicken don't lay eggs!
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quaqualita    Posted 09-14-2004 at 07:57:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hello everybody,
found this message board and I hope that someone can give me some advice. First of all, I'm a 'chicken newbie'.
To have a natural daily 'egg supplier' I recently got 3 chicken. I have them in huge cage in the garden, so they are protected from my dogs, snakes, owls, etc. I don't know how old they are, but they look like almost full grown.
The first days went by, none of the 3 laid any eggs, but I thought that's normal - they need first to feel comfortable with the new place?
After about 2 weeks one of the chicken laid one egg. We very so happy, thought that they finally will start to lay eggs. Then, I think, I made the mistake and took the egg away. Maybe I should have left this first egg with the hen(s)?
Because this was the only egg the chicken laid so far, and I have them now since over 2 months.
The hens look healthy and happy, they get 2x day corn and always have fresh water. Also, my neighbour has many free living chicken (incl. a rooster), which 'come by' to 'visit' my chicken fequently.
So, my chicken look heathly, get got food, are in a safe place (a snake who might steel eggs wouldn't get in there), have frequently visual contact with other hens and a rooster... why won't they lay any eggs (besides the one, I took away)? What can I do so they start to lay eggs?
Thanks in advance for your advice!


Carol Johnson    Posted 08-09-2009 at 11:52:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have recently build a fence in area for my chickens around their hen house. I have noticed after being gone for about two weeks, that there was not one egg laid. I know they need lots of light and the area is pretty lit up so I don't really know whats with them. This will be the second winter for them so I know they lay but before the fence in area, they would rome all over the yard and up the road. Could it be the change in their way of living.


mikey    Posted 04-04-2008 at 15:14:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi..i had to buy some laying mash for my 6 chichens...they then will lay good in about 7 days.


Caroline    Posted 10-29-2007 at 06:00:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have 3 Rhode Island Reds that are laying, but my Red Leghorns have all ceased laying at the exact same time. Can someone help me??? Is it a conspiracy????


KellyGa    Posted 09-14-2004 at 18:52:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I will add my 2 cents worth, since I have done well raising my chickens.

Some breeds don't lay in the winter much, some lay one a day. I have buff orpingtons and speckled sussex, each one lays one a day for me, that has begun laying. If the first egg you saw was small, it may be a pullet egg, and they aren't consistent yet.

Corn spells no nutrition. They must have a balanced diet just like all living things. Go to your local feed store and buy Purina Start and Grow, they eat that until they are at least 6 months of age, but it doesnt hurt them to eat it longer. I have just now started mine on laying ration, and they are over 6 months.

I also feed them cut up fruit, vegetables, and such for treats. They love tomatoes and watermelon. Some like bananas, mine don't, but some do. I leave crushed oyster shell out for them to dip into as they see fit, it gives them the calcium they may need to help them produce the eggshell.

WATER!!!! Lots and lots of water, clean water must always be available, chickens drink a lot of water, it takes a lot of water to make an egg.

Nesting boxes, lots of fresh hay, clean GOOD food and water, shelter, and lots of love...

Happy Chickens equal lots of eggs!

If I think of anything else I will add it later. Good Luck, hope this helps.


Sierra    Posted 07-06-2009 at 11:58:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hi
i have 14 chiken most of them are buff oprington.
they are about 5 months now and aren't laying eggs. they get chicken scratch and grower for laying hens.they have a yard they normally stay in but some times we let them of to eat bug and stuff like that. in need some advance.
thanks!!


Graham Newbury    Posted 02-15-2009 at 06:43:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a mix of old and new brown hens the new ones have laid a few eggs infrequently and the old ones haven't laid for me yet.

there coop is large but i have only put up shelving and perches with lots of straw.

My question to you is do they have to have boxes to lay eggs or will they be ok with my shelving?


KatG    Posted 09-14-2004 at 18:07:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Everyone has gave you good answers...I have about 40 laying hens and more growing up...I feed them layer pellets and layer crumbles...give them greens also...like lettuce...cabbage and they love grated up carrot...have to grate the carrot up fine...
After I first got mine it was probably 3 to 4 weeks before they started laying...now I get 2 dozen a day...Between molting...weather changes...stress...and just emotions their laying can be up and down in count...They get no nutrition out of bread...mine love it and I use to give it to them...ThePoultrySite.com can give you lots of knowledge on the subject of chicken raiseing in deapth...Be patien..them eggs will start rolling in...KAtG


Maria    Posted 06-19-2009 at 14:34:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi

i have had my chickens for 2 years and they have only laid 11 eggs please help me i dont know what to do!


ladiebaker    Posted 09-14-2004 at 15:33:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
They may even be starting to molt. Mine are molting and havent laid anything, guess one hen is still laying, an araucuana.
If there is a cold snap they wont lay either as they are using the energy to keep warm. I feed my hens laying pellets, they get scratch only as a treat one to two times a week, also I give them kitchen scraps, peels, cores, feed back the egg shells to them. Just hold on they will start laying for you.


April Landells    Posted 05-21-2009 at 14:43:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My chickens aren't laying either. They have plenty of water, laying feed and room. I have 8 Black Sex Link hens and a game rooster. We had their coop somewhere where it was shaded and then moved it into the sun. Do they have to be in full sunlight for the 14-16 hrs a day or do their pupils just have to sense it? I split a flock with a friend and each of her hens are giving her 1 egg per day. I have used Milk crates for their boxes and have a ladder that leads to a shelf that runs along them to help them climb in. Is there anything to do but wait?


tp    Posted 09-14-2004 at 11:29:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
if you ain't feeding nothing but corn, absolutly start some laying mash ..pellets if they heavy birds ...use lights in the hen house to give
them 12 to 14 hours light a day ...
is she the same breed and age of the others ?
what is the weather like ?


nell brannon    Posted 10-02-2008 at 05:54:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a light for my hens but don't have a timer on it. If I turn it on when they go to roost, will that affect their sleep? It is a low wattage light.


Peanut    Posted 09-14-2004 at 10:24:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
My chickens just came of laying age about a month ago. They started laying and just stopped for no apparent reason. I feed mixed laying feed (w/ oyster shells for calcium) and corn. I toss corn around to encourage foraging. They have a chicken "condo" complete with hay in the nesting boxes, roosting perches, automatic waterer, etc - So I know the environment is good. They free range during the day and go in the coop at night so I know they are comfortable. I couldn't understand why they just stopped laying.

Turns out that the cool night we had in NE Missouri about three weeks ago may have had something to do with it. We had a stretch of weather that brought temps in the low 50s at night. I thought maybe I should put my heat lamp back in the coop and guess what? I got eggs a couple of days later. Our nighttime temps are warmer now so I have turned off the lamp and I am still getting eggs.

Just something to think about.


hay    Posted 09-14-2004 at 09:58:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
laying hens do weird things sometimes. maybe try switching from just corn to regular lay granuals. it is higher protein. also give them access to grit such as finely ground oyster shell and make sure they have plenty of fresh clean water. i also give my hens some hay for nesting and kitchen scraps and bread for extra food.


Mebbe....    Posted 09-14-2004 at 08:13:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
ya need a Jakuzzi and big screen color TV.....????


Seriously....hang tight cuz there are a lotta folks that raise chickens here that will offer advice...... :^)

Clipper:^)


sdg    Posted 09-14-2004 at 09:23:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
What are you feeding them? You mentioned corn, is that all? why are two of them seperated from the other? do they have a nest box? are the pulling feathers from their bodies? I might be able to help if you answered those questions?


Joel    Posted 09-14-2004 at 15:16:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Stop feeding corn. Feed a balanced ration and feed that only. Corn is like feeding a child nothing but Snickers bars.

How many hours of daylight are they getting?


Kristina    Posted 01-20-2008 at 09:59:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Silkie and she layed one egg almost 2 days ago. I left the egg with her but she has not layed another one. I am not sure what to do. I feed her laying pellets cracked corn oyster shell an scratch and she gets into the chick starter. I am do not know what else to do for I have tried everything I can think of. Can anyone help me out maybe there is something I have not done that I should do because if she is done then shouldn't she be laying on it and she is not doing that either.

Please help me.....


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