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9 month old hens not laying

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We have 4 sweet ladies who came to us 3 months ago. Before they left their previous home, they had just started laying.  They have a spacious coop and plenty of opportunities to range in the backyard throughout the day.  We have rope lights in their coop on a timer that is set to give them light for 15 hours a day and we still have had no signs of eggs from any of them.  We have scoured the back yard to make sure they aren't laying eggs in an obscure place, but haven't come across any.  After reading another thread, I am going to try putting some fake eggs in their nesting boxes to see if that will encourage them. Any other ideas to kick start egg laying? Thanks!

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We have 4 sweet ladies who came to us 3 months ago. Before they left their previous home, they had just started laying.  They have a spacious coop and plenty of opportunities to range in the backyard throughout the day.  We have rope lights in their coop on a timer that is set to give them light for 15 hours a day and we still have had no signs of eggs from any of them.  We have scoured the back yard to make sure they aren't laying eggs in an obscure place, but haven't come across any.  After reading another thread, I am going to try putting some fake eggs in their nesting boxes to see if that will encourage them. Any other ideas to kick start egg laying? Thanks!

Please post a picture of your hens. A picture that is fairly close and shows a good profile if possible.
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I'd confine them to the coop for a week or so.

 

What are you feeding?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
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We have tried confining them to the coop/run for a little over 2 weeks. I let them out today because it was such a beautiful day and they were begging me for a little time out! But how long do you think we should continue to confine them? We are feeding them Egg Layer. 

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Did you also check for egg eaters? Are the rope lighting sufficient light? Lice/mites?
Edited by Spartan22 - 11/24/15 at 9:26am
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Basic starter: Personally designed & built Shed/Coupe/Run: 3 Leghorns, 2 Plymouth Barred Rocks, 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes

NEW ADDITION: 4/21/15
Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Barred Rock
Black Copper Marans & Blue Marans
12x24x7 additional run


NEW BABIES: 2/17/16
New Hampshires, Black Australorps, Amerecaunas,
Easter Eggers & Black Sex Links

NEWER YET: 3/16/16
Spe...
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Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Basic starter: Personally designed & built Shed/Coupe/Run: 3 Leghorns, 2 Plymouth Barred Rocks, 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes

NEW ADDITION: 4/21/15
Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Barred Rock
Black Copper Marans & Blue Marans
12x24x7 additional run


NEW BABIES: 2/17/16
New Hampshires, Black Australorps, Amerecaunas,
Easter Eggers & Black Sex Links

NEWER YET: 3/16/16
Spe...
Reply
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No egg eaters...I think the rope lights are enough. It is pretty light in there at night.  We have the walls painted white and the light reflects well off the walls.  No lice or mites! 

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