am i doing it wrong

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BigB, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. BigB

    BigB Out Of The Brooder

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    i have 6 chickens

    1 border rock
    1 cochin
    2 polish
    1 easter egger
    1 silky bantam


    in a 6x4 run and a house thats 6x4 with 6 nesting boxes and like 3 6ft pols for them to set on. they have access to organic food and watter all the time it like 55 to 65 out they are all 6 1/2 months old but only 2 are laying but they lay every day

    am i doing sum thing wrong or do i need to wait longer

    thank you
     
  2. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wait longer. I have 4 6mo old free loaders. No matter how many treats I give them, they still won't give back. lol
     
  3. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed! Plus with it being winter and the day light hours are shorter, production can decrease. So any that have not yet started laying, may not lay until spring.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Ms.FuzzyButts :

    Agreed! Plus with it being winter and the day light hours are shorter, production can decrease. So any that have not yet started laying, may not lay until spring.

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  5. johny

    johny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Add artificial light.
    Aim to extend your day to 16 hours of light.
    Do it gradually, add 1/2 hour extra per day so that you don't trigger anything like a sudden moult or broodiness.
     
  6. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have found that taking a bucket from KFC into the coop and having a little chat with the girls really gets their attention...[​IMG]
     
  7. JustAChickenLittle&More

    JustAChickenLittle&More Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Polish and silkies can take a long time to start laying, or at least behind some of the others. [​IMG]
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Polish, silkies, and perhaps even the EE (depending on heritage) and cochin are not production type birds. They are more affected by daylength than some of the true "production" type birds. You can add supplemental lighting to get their daylength up to 14 hours or you can wait until spring.[​IMG] You did nothing wrong except perhaps in your selection of breeds if egg production was your primary goal.
     
  9. Tbird84

    Tbird84 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. jomoncon

    jomoncon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:if I did that, all my girls would do would be eat the chicken!! They love fried chicken!
     

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