Chickens Not Laying .... What am I not doing???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sacman64, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Sacman64

    Sacman64 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 27 chickens [10 Rhode Island Reds, 5 Production Reds, 6 Barred Rock, 6 Orpington Buffs] that are between 30 & 38 weeks old. I have been feeding laying pellets since July 16th.... and no eggs. I have turned off all outdoor lighting around their coop. I have given Wazine 17 dewormer..... I have 7 dusted.... and am still wondering what has happened to the eggs...... Please Advise!
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2009
  2. happi752

    happi752 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    first off all DONT turn off the lights. chickens need 16 plus hours of light a day to lay eggs. if they get cold or wet they wont lay. also try switching from the laying pellets to the laying crumble. lastly, are you sure that they are hens and not roosters?
     
  3. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your birds do seem a bit old to have never laid an egg. It's not unheard of, though. Have you searched everywhere to make sure they aren't hiding eggs from you? If you free range, try keeping them up for a few days, and see if you get any eggs. Also, try putting some golf balls or fake easter eggs in their nestboxes.

    If not, then the bottom line is that they are coming to the point of lay at the end of the laying season, and daylight hours are decreasing. My adult hens are starting to lay fewer and fewer eggs because of it. Soon they will stop laying altogether, since I don't supplement light in the winter. (I do have a couple of hens who will lay through the winter, for whatever reason.)

    There is a possibility that you won't see any eggs at all until spring, unless you give them some extra light.

    I'm no expert on how to do that, since I don't do it myself. I have read that some people put a regular light in the coop, on a timer so it comes on very early in the morning. I'm unsure of the wattage required. I believe it has to do with the size of the coop.

    I'm sorry you aren't getting any eggs! It happened to me last year with a small hatch of Dominiques. They waited until spring to start laying. The silver lining was that they never laid the small pullet eggs I expected. They were so physically mature, they just started popping out big girl eggs from day one.

    Good luck with your girls. I hope you find a hidden stash of eggs.
     
  4. Casey3043

    Casey3043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Could something (or someone) be stealing your eggs? Just a thought.......
     
  5. hikerchick

    hikerchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dover, PA
    Eggs disappear without a trace when there are snakes around. You need an egg-cam.
     
  6. hikerchick

    hikerchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2009
    Dover, PA
    Quote:I can't imagine how anyone could have 27 roosters and not realize it. I have three and the crowing would melt your ears.
     
  7. happi752

    happi752 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol...that is a funny thought...but hey...you never know. some people have not got a clue where eggs even come from. check out some of the other posts.
     

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