7 month old hens not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Picabolab, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. Picabolab

    Picabolab Hatching

    Oct 9, 2007
    Hi, I have two 7 month old hens - a Rhode Island Red and a Wyandotte. They are not laying yet and from everything I've read and heard, they should be laying during the fall and winter.

    They hardly ever sit in their nesting boxes and roost on the ground.

    We picked them up about 2 weeks ago and they seem to be settling in fine otherwise. Any thoughts on how to encourage egg production?
  2. Heidi

    Heidi Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    Put a golf ball in each nest - maybe that would help. [​IMG]
  3. yankee

    yankee In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2007
    My RIR, and barred rocks didn't begin laying until they were eight months. I hope you don't have to wait as long too.
  4. Bamaman

    Bamaman In the Brooder

    Sep 12, 2007
    cullman and auburn, al
    Almost every laying age hen i have bought has taken 2-3 weeks before they start laying again. I have had one that only took a week. Their just getting over the stress of moving somewhere else.
  5. hipmarye

    hipmarye Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    I have 3 (one part Ameraucana and 2 part Cochin) I just got my first egg today at 26+ weeks. Just keep thinking positive.
  6. MyCritterAddiction

    MyCritterAddiction Chirping

    May 26, 2017
    I have a RIR and a BR that will be 8 months old this September. They still have not started laying; and are not showing interest in the nesting boxes. I have two older hens that are laying in one of the boxes and the other two have golf balls in them. My rooster has even sat in the nesting boxes and acted like he was trying to lay; maybe to encourage them? I have had them since they were about 4 months old; so ready for them to start!
  7. MyCritterAddiction

    MyCritterAddiction Chirping

    May 26, 2017
    My little RIR started laying day before yesterday! I got two eggs yesterday when I went out to check on them!!

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