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Why are my chickens not laying yet

post #1 of 14
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My chicks were born on Jun 20 2009  and are mixed breeds. I have 4 older hens they lay daily but the pullets just will not lay any eggs.  any ideas let me know

Just me my wife a girl and boy with one on the way 
one dog   two spiders  and eight chickens
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Just me my wife a girl and boy with one on the way 
one dog   two spiders  and eight chickens
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post #2 of 14

The winter probably stalled there laying. They should be starting up pretty soon. Is there any possibility that they could be hinding a nest anywhere? Sometimes those girls can be sneaky.

Oh and welcome-byc


Edited by newchickmom09 - 2/18/10 at 10:34am
1 great hubby, 2 beautiful kids, 2 big dogs, 2 little kitties, ponds, gardens, 7 chickens, 1 pot bellied pig, & 12 muscovies, 3 swedish, and 1 mutt duck! Life is GOOD! Make the best of it!
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1 great hubby, 2 beautiful kids, 2 big dogs, 2 little kitties, ponds, gardens, 7 chickens, 1 pot bellied pig, & 12 muscovies, 3 swedish, and 1 mutt duck! Life is GOOD! Make the best of it!
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post #3 of 14

My hens were april and they have been laying well for 2 months. sounds about right to me.Keep a light on in the hen house as the shorter days changes their laying habits.

post #4 of 14

Different breeds start laying at different ages... What breed????

Also some breeds won't lay well or at all in cold weather/winter with shorter days.. (my Amaraucanas completly shut down for 7 weeks December- first week of Febrary)

Increase the light to 14 hours a day if you already haven't. Might help but it's no magic bullet.

English and French BCMs, BBS Orpingtons, Blue/Wheaten Amaraucanas, Split Lavender Amaracanas, Welsummers, Barnevelders, Buckeyes


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English and French BCMs, BBS Orpingtons, Blue/Wheaten Amaraucanas, Split Lavender Amaracanas, Welsummers, Barnevelders, Buckeyes


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post #5 of 14

Try the cayenne pepper in there food, it got my Cochins laying. One of them has laid four eggs her first week of laying.   Its my favorite new advice!

post #6 of 14
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Two of them are Amaraucanas and the other three are Jersey Giants         thanks for the advice

Just me my wife a girl and boy with one on the way 
one dog   two spiders  and eight chickens
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Just me my wife a girl and boy with one on the way 
one dog   two spiders  and eight chickens
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post #7 of 14

My Ameraucanas just started laying at 37 weeks.

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by nacrowe 

Two of them are Amaraucanas and the other three are Jersey Giants         thanks for the advice


Ah ... The Amaraucanas don't like the cold like other breeds do and the JGs ... slow developers..... nothing is wrong just hang in there .....it's not time yet

English and French BCMs, BBS Orpingtons, Blue/Wheaten Amaraucanas, Split Lavender Amaracanas, Welsummers, Barnevelders, Buckeyes


Life isnt about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain
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English and French BCMs, BBS Orpingtons, Blue/Wheaten Amaraucanas, Split Lavender Amaracanas, Welsummers, Barnevelders, Buckeyes


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post #9 of 14

My EE waited until they were almost 40weeks old to lay (one has only been laying for two weeks., my true Ameraucana was 39weeks old.. I think it had to do with the breed and the weather.

2 RIR, 2 BO, 1 BR,  4 true Ameraucanas, 2 Black Copper Marans  --looking to add a few SLW, GLW and Blue Copper Marans --Oh, the Chicken Math!!!
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2 RIR, 2 BO, 1 BR,  4 true Ameraucanas, 2 Black Copper Marans  --looking to add a few SLW, GLW and Blue Copper Marans --Oh, the Chicken Math!!!
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post #10 of 14

my Rhode Island red is 24 weeks,my Australorp, Buff Orpington, and Barred Rock are 20 weeks, and my Gold Comet is 18 weeks and none of them are laying yet. Should I be concerned? Sorry I'm a new chicken parentsmile.png

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