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STILL NO EGGS!!!!!!!!!
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loriev    Posted 10-11-2002 at 08:40:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi everybody, My sussex hens have still not layed an egg! It has been over a month, almost a month and a half, and no eggs. Does anyone have any ideas on what I could do to "encourage" these little gals to lay some eggs? HELP. We have a rooster, and they have outdoor access......Please some encouragement....

Donna from Missouri    Posted 10-11-2002 at 13:19:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are these old hens, or if they are young ones, did they begin laying last spring? All the hens I ever had stopped laying for the winter, and didn't start again until February or so. The only way I could get winter eggs was to buy chicks that would start laying in the fall. Then they would lay eggs through that first winter. On succeeding winters, they always stopped laying.

loriev    Posted 10-14-2002 at 09:26:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the reply. I'm not sure about their "timing", I should have asked when I bought them, but I did buy them as adult hens. I think I will just let them be and let nature take it's course. Thanks again!

Steve II    Posted 10-11-2002 at 11:56:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
the chickens lays eggs off and on, just be sure they are getting good CLEAN WATER every day sometime you have to change it every 2 days it gets dirty fast.

Ron/PA    Posted 10-11-2002 at 09:20:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just wondering what you mean
It has been over a month, almost a month and a half,
How old are these birds? With some breeds, the hen must mature, (leghorns-16 weeks) to begin to lay eggs, any earlier and you can cause serious damage to the reproductive tract. Just be patient and when the season rolls around so will the eggs.

EIEIO    Posted 10-11-2002 at 08:48:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
We didn't think our hens were laying until I started scouting around. I found three different nests that each had about eight eggs apiece. I still find eggs in the least likely places. The other day a hen jumped on my folding table in my utility building and laid an egg. You might want to look around.

Yesterdy under the pallet where the hay is there were twelve eggs. I will never free range hens again. There is no telling how many eggs are around here. They do have a great nesting box and nesting baskets but they prefer the great outdoors.

Also, you may already know this, you do not need a rooster for the hens to lay, you need a rooster just for fertile eggs. I didn't know this until a few years ago when Dennis explain chicken facts of life to me. If you already knew this I apologize for thinking you didn't know.

DeadCarp    Posted 10-11-2002 at 08:42:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just give them laying mash & be patient - is this egg season anymore? (had to add to your worries :)

THAT WAS BAD, LOL    Posted 10-11-2002 at 09:16:16       [Reply]  [No Email]

loriev    Posted 10-11-2002 at 08:55:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks you two for the help. We have a chicken coop with a little run outside where they play during the day. When we get home from work, we let them out until dark. I guess I just assumed they wouldn't lay that late in the day. I did see one of the hens getting pretty comfy in a dirt spot last night, maybe I will check there when I get home. Also, maybe it isen't laying season, but my duck IS laying eggs. I guess that is why I am so CONFUSED...... Thanks carp and EIEIO.

Promise Land Ranch    Posted 10-11-2002 at 14:27:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Another note that no one mentioned is that chickens need a certain amount of light to produce an egg (they only lay on long spring and summer days) so you could try to put a light in the coop and leave it on overnight for about a week and keep them penned up and see if you get any eggs. It works for me.


DeadCarp- Egg farmers    Posted 10-11-2002 at 16:36:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
don't open windows in the laying barn - instead they use a timer & artificial lite and get more eggs & shorten the days. :)

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