So this is my second time having chickens. A few yrs ago, I had a Barred Rock and 2 Black Sussex. Born in March, laying in August. I fed them chicken scratch when they got older (that stuff with the corn, grain, and other stuff in it....) They laid eggs like crazy.
When they got older, I gave them to someone else, and got 9 more chickens.4 Buff Orpingtons and 5 Ameraucanas. I fed them chick starter growing up for a few weeks, then chicken scratch stuff, the SAME things I fed my 3 other chickens a few years ago.
Well, turned out 2 of those Ameraucanas were roosters, so gave them to someone else (didn't have the heart to kill them). These hens (they are hens, I know) are now 32 weeks old and not one single egg!!! I've switched their food from feed scratch stuff to layer pellets, but still nothing. I gave them oyster shells--nothing.
I have bedding in the nesting boxes--the SAME boxes my 3 other chickens used before. I have caught them laying in the boxes before, but that was very little and quite a while ago. Now all they do is drink water and eat food. No eggs. No lying in the nesting boxes.
It's getting ridiculous. What's up with these chickens? Our 3 older one laid in AUGUST and laid like crazy, even in the winter. These chickens are just....UGH!
Help? Is it the food? Idk what else it could be.