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Hen Behaviors While Going To Lay Eggs

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Hi! XLoveChickensX here! I am glad to tell you about hen behaviors while going to lay eggs! This is my first post, so for a start, I hope I do swell. Well, here goes! While hens are going to lay eggs, make sure you have a nesting box for the hen(s). The hen will make it just comfotable enough for her to lay. While one hen is laying an egg, other hens around the laying hen will sometime get mad at you, telling you to leave the laying hen ALONE. Your hens will start to lay one egg for few weeks, then two, then three, etc., etc. NEVER ever take a laying hen out of the nesting box. It causes alot of trouble. The hen will have to restart her laying process. That's all for now, friends. I hope this helps you out alot! My hens are already laying eggs. Well, bye hens and roosters! It's a GREAT pleasure for me to help you out if I did. Stay feathery my flock!

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I am new to raising hens, I have had my hens for 2 months now and haven't gotten any eggs. The move to my place was stressful and I know that will affect them and then they went into a molt that affects them but hey seem to be mostly done losing feathers. I also don't think they liked the A frame coop that was given to me so I built them a new Wichita coop. They free range all day and they seem very happy but don't seem interested in laying...what am I doing wrong? Or should I just be patient?
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That all sounds about like what I have been seeing with my girls (I am a new chicken mama).  I was wondering how long it takes for a hen to actually get the egg laid?  Are some quicker than others once they get into the box?  I have fine hens and most days I get five eggs so I think they are doing fine, but some seem to get on with it much faster....just wondering what the average time from the beginning to the end of the process should be.  

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I am new to raising hens, I have had my hens for 2 months now and haven't gotten any eggs. The move to my place was stressful and I know that will affect them and then they went into a molt that affects them but hey seem to be mostly done losing feathers. I also don't think they liked the A frame coop that was given to me so I built them a new Wichita coop. They free range all day and they seem very happy but don't seem interested in laying...what am I doing wrong? Or should I just be patient?

Since they free range all day, have you checked their foraging area for a hidden nest? Look for bushy areas. If you find out they have been laying in a hidden nest, you can try locking them in their coop for a few days until they figure out where the eggs go. Then they should come back to the nests when they need to.  

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I have looked all over and I haven't found anything and there really isn't anywhere bushy where I wouldn't be able to see them(that I can find anyway).

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That all sounds about like what I have been seeing with my girls (I am a new chicken mama).  I was wondering how long it takes for a hen to actually get the egg laid?  Are some quicker than others once they get into the box?  I have fine hens and most days I get five eggs so I think they are doing fine, but some seem to get on with it much faster....just wondering what the average time from the beginning to the end of the process should be.  

Some are definitely quicker than others. I think some of the girls just like to sit in there a while. I've disrupted one while gathering eggs only to come back later and she's in a different nest and still hasn't laid, meanwhile, a few hens wondered in and left eggs.

 

The best answer would be, they're done when they're done. :D

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I have looked all over and I haven't found anything and there really isn't anywhere bushy where I wouldn't be able to see them(that I can find anyway).

You said you changed their coop since you've had them. That could trigger another acclimation period of a few weeks.

 

Also, it's getting late in the season, have you noticed more feathers laying around? They could be molting and depending on how old they are and where you are located, they may be finished for the winter. Hens don't normally lay in winter past their first year unless you supplement light to extend the day.

 

It could also be a nutritional issue. How much area and how fruitful is their foraging area? Do they have feed available? Oyster shells?

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they are mostly done molting and they have .21 of an acre to forage with trees and grass and plenty of dirt. They always have layer pellets available (but they don't eat them)and the oyster shell is mixed in with their sctatch which I used to give about 3/4 of a cup for 5 hens twice a day but have since stopped giving them any. everyone says that I spoil them and thats why they wont lay.

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Yeah, I think you're getting the right advice. I give scratch sparingly and when I do, it's 1 cup for 20. Just put the oyster shell in a separate container. The hens will take what they need when they need it.

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Ok I will try not to spoil them so much...but I love them tons!

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