29 weeks old and not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by oliver27, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. oliver27

    oliver27 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, i have 1 Rhode Island Red and 1 Black Langshan, both are females and they are not laying yet. I have 2 EE that are laying eggs. They are on layer,grit,free range,and get scratch grains here & there. They are happy. Is it lack of lighting? Day light is about 9 1/2 hours a day. Thanks for any input.
     
  2. Mine are about 27 1/2 weeks old and have not started laying but I'm thinking of putting a heat lamp I. There pretty soon
     
  3. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens need approximately 15 hours of daylight to think the season is right for reproduction. You need one 60 watt incandescent bulb, 7 feet from the floor for around 200 square meters of coop. Place the bulb over feeders away from nesting boxes. A timer works best as it will shut it off in the morning light and turn on at dusk and off for the needed 6-8 hours of dark rest. However if you forget for a few days the hens may go into molt.
     
  4. Quyen Le

    Quyen Le Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you keep them free range, they may lay somewhere else, did you check?
     

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