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Chickens won't lay!

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I have 5 chickens: two 30-week-old Buff Orps; one 30-week-old Delaware; and two 27-week-old Barred Rocks.  They seem happy and healthy. They have lots of space and eat a ton. They are big and have red wattles and have been squatting for what seems like ages. One of the Orps started laying maybe 3-4 weeks ago, but the others? NOTHING. 

 

It has been a mild fall so I don't think it's the weather. I wondered if there wasn't enough nesting space because the one Orp is broody and sort-of hogs it, so I built 3 new nesting boxes and filled them with ceramic eggs. I'm sure they aren't laying them elsewhere. 

 

What is going on?  Does anyone have any theories as to why my girls are holding out? 

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Pullets that mature in the fall take longer to start laying. It's not because of weather, but because of the shortening days. They may not start laying until the days begin to lengthen again.

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Mine have always started laying by six or seven months, I always get my replacements in June most get laying in November and December, so they will start, and they may or may not lay steady until spring, factors such as breed and climate will factor into it.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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3 nests is plenty for 5 birds. Waning daylight this time of year will some times cause pullets to take a while to start laying. Give them time, they will lay eventually. :)

Breeds I raise: Easter Eggers, Naked Necks, PROJECT white d'Uccles, Mille fleur d'Uccles, RI reds, Barred PR's, Assorted Cochins, GLW's, Sexlinks, Mutts, and one Lavender Orpington!

Turkeys: Bourbon Red ~ Standard Bronze

Ducks: Blue ripple and black Muscovys

 

 

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Breeds I raise: Easter Eggers, Naked Necks, PROJECT white d'Uccles, Mille fleur d'Uccles, RI reds, Barred PR's, Assorted Cochins, GLW's, Sexlinks, Mutts, and one Lavender Orpington!

Turkeys: Bourbon Red ~ Standard Bronze

Ducks: Blue ripple and black Muscovys

 

 

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