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Chickens not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rtj18175, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. rtj18175

    rtj18175 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have an Americana around 2 years old we got from a friend who said she was a layer. We have a brahma and do not know how old she is. We just got a month ago, two brahma/oprington mix. They are 6 mths. They have a nice clean cozy coop with a window facing the south. An enclosed run attached to the coop's exit door. We feed them scratch feed/20% crumble/.oyster shell and clean water always. They get treats and millworms. No eggs! They have two roosting bars and there are 5 nesting boxes cozy with straw.
    How long is the normal wait time for eggs.
     
  2. song of joy

    song of joy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The 2+ year old hens may have stopped laying in preparation for their fall molt and winter break from egg laying. If so, they should resume laying in the spring. Hens can also stop laying due to the stress of being moved and due to the stress of having the flock membership changed. They will usually adjust to these changes and resume egg-laying over a period of a couple of weeks if there's enough space for the flock members to work things out.

    The 6-month old hens may not start laying until they are 7 to 8 months old, as they are part brahma (which tend to mature later than other breeds).

    Scratch and most treats are very low in protein, so be very careful how much you give them. Too little protein and nutrients in the diet will negatively affect egg-laying. A small handful of scratch is plenty for a half dozen hens as an occasional treat, but not a regular part of their diet.
     
  3. rtj18175

    rtj18175 Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you for your help. The scratch says it is 16% for laying hens. I have the crumbles for added protein which I was told they need in the winter. They free range in the spring and summer. They seem content and secure. I will continue to wait and enjoy them in the meantime!
     

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