Chickens not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 72hadley, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. 72hadley

    72hadley New Egg

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    I bought 8 chickens at an auction over a month ago and only one of them is producing. 7 are hens, 3 are orpingtons - so known good layers, but none of them are producing. They free range on the weekends, but they have a good sized run they enjoy during the week and a large coop. If you have any suggestions, please share.
     
  2. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, and welcome to BYC, If you bought them from an auction, it is likely that they were handled a lot and need a little time. Or they are a they are too old and will lay every once and a while. [​IMG]
     
  3. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of hens are the others, I assume the orpingtons are hens as well.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!

    How old are they?
    If they are 18 months old(give or take a couple months) they may be getting ready to molt,
    if you are in the northern hemisphere.

    Moving birds to a new place is stressful and it can take days, weeks....
    .....or months for them to get comfortable and lay again.

    How big is your coop and run...in feet by feet?
    Pics of birds and housing might offer some clues.

    What, and how, exactly are you feeding?
     
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  5. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whoops, I totally forgot the factor of molting! ;)
     
  6. luvpetchickens

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    I have 5 hens. In august they all starting laying on eggs and hatching chicks!![​IMG] But now they are not laying eggs... at all. Why is this? They are all 1 years old. Thanks!!
     
  7. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they molting?
     
  8. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It also my be nutrition.
     
  9. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As aart said earlier, it could be the changing of daylight and temperature depending on your location. I don't usually have this problem until late November because I live in the Southern Hemisphere.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    You live in Charleston, South Carolina?
    Um...... that is in southern United States but still in the northern hemisphere
     

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