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Why won't my hens lay eggs

Poll Results: What is you favorite breed of chicken?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 33% (9)
    Ameraucana
  • 7% (2)
    Black Australorop
  • 11% (3)
    Speckled Sussex
  • 11% (3)
    Barred Rock
  • 7% (2)
    Rhode Island Red
  • 3% (1)
    Jersey Black Giants
  • 7% (2)
    Buff Orpington
  • 0% (0)
    You prefer ducks
  • 0% (0)
    You prefer turkey
  • 0% (0)
    You prefer geese
  • 29% (8)
    Other Breed
27 Total Votes  
post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I have 2 Black Australorp hens that are almost 1 year old and haven't laid a single egg yet. I have provided nesting boxes but they still haven't laid. Can anyone help me?

post #2 of 12
Do they free range at all? Could it be that they are laying out side the pen?
SelfSufficient Black Australorp, Production Black/California Gray, Ameraucana, Rhode Island Red, RedEared Slider, Cat, Border Collie/Blue Healer, Yorkshire Terrior
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SelfSufficient Black Australorp, Production Black/California Gray, Ameraucana, Rhode Island Red, RedEared Slider, Cat, Border Collie/Blue Healer, Yorkshire Terrior
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post #3 of 12

I'm confused. Do you want to know what my favourite breed is or why your chickens won't lay? And what have these questions got to do with coop design lol

 

I selected Ameraucana, but my favourite breed might be Sebright just because my little man loves me so.

 

About your laying problem... My first question would be: are you sure they're hens? If you're 100% certain, then as above suggested, they might be laying elsewhere. Third question might be: are you sure of their age?

Friesians, Sebrights, Barnevelders, Araucanas, Cream Legbars, Dutch Bantams, Vorwerks, an Appenzeller Spitzhauben, a Sabelpoot and a few crosses .

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Friesians, Sebrights, Barnevelders, Araucanas, Cream Legbars, Dutch Bantams, Vorwerks, an Appenzeller Spitzhauben, a Sabelpoot and a few crosses .

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post #4 of 12
Could be stress, lack of protein? I have a 1 year old Wyandotte that has not laid, yet she sits in the nesting box???? Im thinking she maybe an internal layer.

Maybe they are broody?
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

I am sure of the age because I got them when they are young. I am sure they are hens because they don't fight with the rooster. I am sure they aren't laying elsewhere because I can't let them free roam right now but they have access and spend most of their time outdoors.

post #6 of 12

Pics of the birds, please.

Please describe how they are housed, type of coop, size of run, etc.

What are you feeding them.

What other birds are they housed with?

Rachel BB

 

"At the cross You beckon me, You draw me gently to my knees and I am lost for words, so lost in love I am sweetly broken, wholly surrendered"

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Rachel BB

 

"At the cross You beckon me, You draw me gently to my knees and I am lost for words, so lost in love I am sweetly broken, wholly surrendered"

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post #7 of 12
What is their specific diet and feeding times? And are they in a peaceful setting?
post #8 of 12
Have you seen any signs of predators-raccoon or neighbor egg thief- or any signs of cannibalism?
Edited by farmshinder - 3/22/12 at 8:23pm
post #9 of 12

Has it been warm where you live, is there wattles, comb, earlobes really red?  They just might not have started yet.  Check them for bugs......................

Highland Hills Cackleberries home of large fowl Black, Blue, and Splash Ameraucana

& Black, Blue, and Splash Mottled Bantam Cochins

http://www.hhcackleberriesandhoppers.com/home/

http://lebanonpoultryfanciers.wordpress.com/

 

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Highland Hills Cackleberries home of large fowl Black, Blue, and Splash Ameraucana

& Black, Blue, and Splash Mottled Bantam Cochins

http://www.hhcackleberriesandhoppers.com/home/

http://lebanonpoultryfanciers.wordpress.com/

 

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post #10 of 12
I have the same problem. 1 Barne did a semimolt and hasn't started again, and the other Barne and Shaver have gone off in sympathy. The two new RIRs about 8 or 9 months old have never laid an egg.

Fresh food (layers pellets), fresh bugs and greens (regular free ranging) even their normal 40 sqr meter area and and all have been checked for little crawly nasties.

So frustrating. Had to buy eggs for the first time in a year.
Frances (Shaver), Elsie & Gladys (Barnevelders) and Bell'n'Ginger (Rhode Island Reds, we can't tell apart)
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Frances (Shaver), Elsie & Gladys (Barnevelders) and Bell'n'Ginger (Rhode Island Reds, we can't tell apart)
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