Originally Posted by NiQue2004
I use to have hens but something came and killed them ( Old and new hens). I was very upset about that and haven't had ant hens since. My sister has recently bought hens in April of this year (2015) and they have not laid any eggs. She lives in SC and this is her first time having hens. The people there told her to feed her hens scratch and she has been feeding them scratch until Thanksgiving when I told her scratch doesn't give the hens the complete nutrition they need so she started feeding them the proper laying pellets. So what could be the problem why her hens are not laying? Could it be the scratch she was feeding them and is it too late for the problem to be fixed?
Thank you in advance.
First off I just want to thank you for helping her feed them correctly. For some reason this is such a common mistake with beginners, feeding all scratch or 50/50 scratch pellets, and it just does terrible things to the bird's health. Some days I feel like going out and putting posters around at feed stores to explain this, maybe yell at the cashiers a little bit too.
I would say that yes, the poor nutrition could be a likely cause of late point of lay. Granted some hens will wait until eight or nine months of age all on their own, but I'm sure the poor diet didn't help. How long where they on it? If they were raised on a starter then changed to a scratch when they were juveniles or adults, it's probably just a matter of their bodies taking some time to recover from the malnutrition; if they were raised on it from a young age, I might be more worried about long term health issues.