Chickens not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MikeTheGardener, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. MikeTheGardener

    MikeTheGardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 chickens and they simply are not laying any eggs. I get 1 egg per day. I don't mind having them as pets, but I was really hoping to get some eggs from them for a few years :)

    We were getting 4 to 6 a day just a month or so ago. Any ideas?
     
  2. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

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    You didn't mention how old they were so I'm assuming they are fairly young.

    When daylight hours are shorter (fall winter in Northern Hemisphere) and/or when chickens are in molt the egg production slows or ceases. If they are not in molt you can add a light in the morning before sunrise so the total light hours (artificial and sunlight) equal to 14 hours. But it is best for them if they can have a break from laying for a few months. If they are in molt you will see them losing feathers and looking a little ragged. Nothing much you can do about that. If it's one or the other they will be back to laying in a few months.
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    How old are they and what breed?
     
  4. MikeTheGardener

    MikeTheGardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they are 1 year old and I have buff orpingtons, new hampshire reds, patridge rocks and astralorps
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Are they 12 months old or 18 months old?

    Any signs of molting, feathers all over?

    Do you free range?
     
  6. MikeTheGardener

    MikeTheGardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not free range, they are about 20 months old and they were molting. It seems egg production is back.
     
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  8. mmack

    mmack Out Of The Brooder

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    My austrolorps are twenty weeks old and still not laying .should i be concerned
     
  9. song of joy

    song of joy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No. Mine usually don't start laying until they're about 25-26 weeks old.
     
  10. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Goodness no -- 20 weeks would be the early side for the breed. 22-28 weeks is a good window to look towards - though the occasional bird will lay sooner/later than that.
     

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